Confused Words | Alright and All right

The confusion

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The words alright and all right can be confusing. Many people consider alright an unacceptable form of all right. In spite of being considered nonstandard English, the spelling of alright as one word has gained ground and has become widely used.

Alright and All right?

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All right may be used as an adjective or an adverb.

1. As an adjective all right means satisfactory or acceptable.


  • The food was all right.

2. As an adverb all right means in a satisfactory manner, fairly well or without a doubt.


  • It turned out all right.
  • It's cold, all right.


Alright is considered a misspelling of all right. It is mainly used in informal writing.

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