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How do you know when to use "alright" and "all right"? Everything

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How do you know when to use "alright" and "all right"? Everything is all right in the world. Alright, what is your next question? Would those be correct usages or could you also say, "All right, what is your next question?"
Submitted: 4 years ago.
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Expert:  Mr. Gregory White replied 4 years ago.

Technically, alright is just a shortened, "incorrect" usage of all right. However, over time it has began to have a new meaning. It technically is just a one word spelling of the phrase "all right."


Typically we use "all right" when it is for sure correct or permissiable. When we use alright, in todays language, we are saying it is "satisfactory" or "okay."


In the samples you gave, the only real "appropriate" one in both cases would be "all right." Alright, by itself, is not technically an appropriate usage of the word.


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