Alright? or All Right?
on Jan 26, 2014, Updated Jan 21, 2022
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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?
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 grammar lessons, read here.