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Sep 10 2009   1:17PM GMT

All right or alright?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
I had a lot of success with distance learning, so I felt _______ about missing out on the social aspects of school.
a. alright
b. all right

Answer: b

Alright is not a word — which is a little confusing because there are similar compound words with all, such as altogether and already.

Bob Dylan gets full marks on this one with “Don’t Think Twice, it’s All Right” but the Who fails with “The Kids are Alright.” The kids may be all right but their spelling is all wrong.

Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty has a good post about all right vs. alright.

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