all right vs. alright

What is the difference between all right and alright?

Alright is a common contraction of the phrase all right, which can function as an adjective meaning “safe, sound, or well; healthy in mind or body; or correct, proper, or acceptable.” It can also be used as an adverb meaning “yes; satisfactorily; or certainly.” For example:
  • “That car nearly hit us! Are you and your sister all right?”
  • “I’ve haven’t gotten as much sleep as I should, but I’ve been all right otherwise.”
  • “We’ll have to wait a little longer, but that’s all right.”
  • All right, we’ll agree to the terms of the settlement.”
  • “You did all right, kid. Nice job.”
  • “Wow, this place is nice, all right.”
Although alright is very common in casual writing, it is still considered a nonstandard and informal term. If in doubt (and especially in formal or professional writing), use all right, as it is always the preferred spelling.
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