“Alright” vs “All right”

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This entry is one in a series that tackles issues of proper word use and grammar in English.

This choice has always bothered me because ‘alright’ has seemed too clipped and too vernacular. According to Merriam-Webster, either form is fine, though ‘all right’ is older. I’m going to stick with the longer, two word form. If that makes me a traditionalist, so be it. Random House has an interesting discussion of when you can interchange the two forms and when they mean different things.

Also see: Series list: Proper word use and grammar in English

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  1. Bob, I’ve recently discovered a site of Paul Brians, professor at Washington State University. He has written up a number of common errors in English which can be entertaining. I thought you might like his site: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/. He has one write-up about “alright” versus “all right” which supports your being a traditionalist. The direct link to the topic is: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/alright.html.

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