Wondering whether to spell the word ‘alright’ or ‘all right?’ We can help clear that up, plus teach you how to use the correct spelling of the word in a sentence.
The short answer is that ‘all right’ is usually a noun that refers to something that’s ‘satisfactory,’ but it can also be used as a verb to mean ‘well.’
The modern spelling ‘alright’ typically means ‘good’ as an adjective.
‘Alright’ is generally used informally, and ‘all right’ is typically the most generally accepted form of the word.
As you just learned, the difference between these spellings of the same word is that ‘all right’ is usually a noun that refers to something that’s ‘satisfactory,’ but it can also be used as a verb to mean ‘well.’
You also learned that the modern spelling ‘alright’ typically means ‘good’ as an adjective.
The generally accepted version of the word is ‘all right.’
However, ‘alright’ can also be used informally. Therefore, both spellings of the word are technically correct.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘alright’ is all right.
The same dictionary defines ‘all right’ as satisfactory, agreeable, safe, well, good, and pleasing.
The word ‘alright’ is more than 100 years old. Its first known use was in 1865, and some critics claim that this spelling of the word is wrong.
‘Alright’ is less common than its counterpart and is usually found in informal writing and fictional dialogue.
A few synonyms of the words include:
Wondering how to pronounce these two words? Here’s a short guide.
Now that you know what the words mean and how to pronounce them, let’s see how to use them in a sentence.
Now let’s see how to use ‘alright.’
To recap, you learned that these two words sound the same but mean different things. Use ‘all right’ when you mean ‘okay’ and when you’re writing for a more formal audience. Use ‘alright’ for informal writing, such as fictional dialogue.
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