Author Topic: Alright or All right  (Read 4637 times)

Offline CallyW

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Alright or All right
« on: January 11, 2006, 04:00:01 PM »
I've always used alright but have been told that this is wrong.  Which is it?

Offline bestwriting

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Re: Alright or All right
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2006, 04:08:55 PM »
Alright is wrong, but in novel writing it's okay to use if it's written in first person POV.

If it's third person POV, All right is right way.

Offline goldanon

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Re: Alright or All right
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2006, 05:00:21 PM »
Really?  You mean it's not all right to say alright?  I thought they meant slightly different things.  I thought alright was for soemthing like, "Alright, already, I'll do it."  And all right was for, "I'm feeling all right, how about you?"

Jayel

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Re: Alright or All right
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2006, 08:26:22 PM »
If you are using it in dialogue - alright is acceptable for it expresses the character's style of speech.  I was taught that one would not say, "alright" anymore than he would say, "alwrong."  Alright is considered to be non-standard English, therefore it can be irritating to many editors.

Lin

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Re: Alright or All right
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2006, 12:26:38 PM »
Alright is not in my huge dictiionary.

On a lighthearted note, being an ex driving instructor we were encouraged always to use "all correct" or "That's correct" as saying "Right" for "ready" may have caused an accident!!!
Lin

Offline Eroica

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Re: Alright or All right
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2006, 12:35:40 PM »
My Webster's Unabridged gives alright as a synonym for all right, and notes that it is "in reputable use, though all right is more common".

Outlawing alright sounds like snobbishness or pedantry to me.