all right

all right
is still the preferred way of writing this common expression. The alternative form alright, despite its much higher frequency, is not fully accepted, although there are various arguments in its favour, especially: (1) the need to distinguish it from the use in which all is a pronoun and not an adverb, as in He finished the crossword and got it all right, (2) the analogy of altogether, already, etc., which similarly need to be distinguished from two-word forms having other meanings, and (3) its pronunciation as a single word. None the less, all right should be used for the time being, not alright. Examples: (all right)

• One advantage of the permissive society is that it's all right to live together before marriage —Woman's Own, 1971

• It's all right for you…You won't have to do the post-mortem with these guys —Len Deighton, 1974

• ‘Oh, all right’, she said, ‘go and be damned.’ —Graham Greene, 1980

• (alright) They've been bloody inscrutable alright —P. Cave, 1979

• You'll be alright, love —Chinua Achebe, 1987

• If you've got the ears to know what sounds good you're going to be pretty much alright —Guitarist, 1992.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • all right — W2S1 adj, adv, interjection [not before noun] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(good)¦ 2¦(no problems)¦ 3 do all right (for yourself/herself etc) 4¦(suitable)¦ 5 it s all right 6 it s/that s all right 7¦(permission)¦ 8¦(agreement)¦ 9¦(understanding)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • all right — all right1 adjective, adverb MAINLY SPOKEN *** ▸ 1 fairly/very good ▸ 2 going well ▸ 3 for permission ▸ 4 not hurt/sick ▸ 5 for making someone less upset ▸ 6 for admitting something ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) satisfactory or fairly pleasant, but not… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • all right — all right′ adv. 1) yes; very well: All right, I ll go with you[/ex] 2) (used as an interrogative) do you agree?: We ll meet tomorrow, all right?[/ex] 3) satisfactorily; acceptably: Her work is coming along all right[/ex] 4) without fail;… …   From formal English to slang

  • all right — [adj1] satisfactory acceptable, adequate, appropriate, average, decent, fair, fit, fitting, good, hunky dory*, okay, okey dokey*, passable, proper, satisfying, standard, sufficient, swell*, tolerable, unexceptional, unobjectionable; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • all right — pred. adj. 1. satisfactory; better than average; as, everything is all right. Syn: all right(predicate), ok, o.k., okay. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • all-right — adj. prenom. 1. satisfactory; better than average. an all right movie Syn: all right(predicate), ok, o.k., okay [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • all right —   [ ɔː l raɪt, englisch], richtig!, alles in Ordnung! * * * all right [ ɔ:l raɪt; engl. = alles richtig]: richtig!, in Ordnung!, einverstanden! …   Universal-Lexikon

  • all right — loc.avv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} va bene, d accordo Sinonimi: ok, okay. {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1905. ETIMO: comp. di all tutto e right diritto, giusto …   Dizionario italiano

  • all-right — all′ right adj. cvb inf very good; excellent: an all right guy[/ex] • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • all right — ubøj. adj. (okay) …   Dansk ordbog


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