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Alright? or All Right?

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News flash! ALRIGHT is NOT NOW, and never has been, a proper word! Inspiration for this week’s 5 Minute Grammar Lesson came from my college students, but alright is a VERY common mistake a lot of people make. I especially see this mistake in social media – all over facebook, etc. Unfortunately, ALRIGHT is wrong!

Alright? or All Right? Why is ALRIGHT all wrong?

Alright or All Right - A Grammar Lesson

Think about it this way: would you consider writing ALWRONG? Most likely, no. And alright is not ok either. Honestly, English is dumb. ALTOGETHER and NONETHELESS are both standard English words, but ALRIGHT is not. It’s just a rule you have to remember – as with so many other weird words in the English, language, there’s no real rhyme or reason.

So do yourself a favor and separate ALL and RIGHT out into two, distinct words. Your English teacher will thank you! And you will be ALL RIGHT in my book. 😉

And that’s your 5 Minute Grammar Lesson. For more lessons, read here.

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. Rachel says

    April 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Merriam -Webster does list it ‘alright’ as a word, just to add to the confusion. I can see the argument if you are comparing it to all wrong. I think it may be allowable in some situations, such as if a person is going through a difficult time and is asked how they are doing. They might respond, “I’m doing alright.” This would not mean they are doing all right, that everything is good and perfect.

  2. Patrick Brandon says

    January 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Great stuff! I learn a lot from you. Can I ask one favor? Can you please remind people that the “T” in often is silent? Even famous newscasters get this one wrong. Thank you.

  3. Lisa says

    February 15, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    As a proofreader/editor, I’m excited to see grammar education! 😉 This is a great series, and I appreciate the work you’re doing to inform writers. And, just so you know, I’m visiting today from the Boost Your Blog comments challenge!

  4. Kimberly B says

    February 16, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I’m so glad that I’m following the Boost Your Blog Challenge and stumbled across your website. I make a lot of common grammar errors and “alright” is one I’ve used many times. I had no idea it was improper. 🙁 Now I have to come back and read the rest of your grammar posts.

  5. [email protected] a better way to homeschool says

    February 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Alright, all right! I did not know this one. I am usually that girl that quietly worries that someone will notice my inability to “do grammar” properly. I am the same girl who will scribble out a word that I am not confident that I am spelling correctly.
    I have the basics down, but lack in some critical areas. I am excited to have found your 5 minute grammar tips!

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