Mr. Green   Thursday, January 15, 2004, 20:44 GMT
Is this spelling a wrong spelling. Is it okay to spell ''all right'' as ''alright''. It looks odd to me. But, I have seen people spell it that way.
Jim   Friday, January 16, 2004, 00:23 GMT
There are those who would say "alright" is wrong whilst others might think that it is all right. At school I learnt that wasn't all right: it should be "all right" but if you're writing informally it should be all right.
mjd   Friday, January 16, 2004, 08:43 GMT
"Alright" is just written slang for "all right." I'd never write "alright" in anything formal, but when writing to friends I might use it the same way I'd write "gonna" etc.
Simon   Friday, January 16, 2004, 09:34 GMT
My dictionary says that alright is an acceptable albeit altogether less used alternative to the all-time favorite "all right", although I'm inclined to think this will alter in time if it hasn't already done so.
Fly   Friday, January 16, 2004, 18:06 GMT
The one-word spelling alright appeared some 75 years after all right itself had reappeared from a 400-year-long absence. Since the early 20th century some critics have insisted alright is wrong, but it has its defenders and its users. It is less frequent than all right but remains in common use especially in journalistic and business publications. It is quite common in fictional dialogue, and is used occasionally in other writing
AiT   Saturday, January 17, 2004, 06:16 GMT
aIt fOoZ u aLL iZ sPeLLiN dAt wRoNg. ItZ "AiT" oR "AiTe" n If U b A pUnK u sPeLL iT "AiGhT". eNd uV sToRiE.
Jim   Sunday, January 18, 2004, 23:44 GMT
If you're trying to be really formal you'd probably avoid either.
Simon   Monday, January 19, 2004, 10:14 GMT
Alright, Jim.
Juan   Monday, January 19, 2004, 10:25 GMT
How about AIIGHT. It raises my street credentials :-)
Alice   Monday, January 19, 2004, 17:28 GMT
I use "alright" all the time. If I'm writing something formal, my spell check reminds me to change it, but other wise I don't really think about it. In my mind, it just makes more sense, seems more correct than "all right", I don't really know why.
hindousa   Monday, January 26, 2004, 14:32 GMT
i just want to ask you if we pronounce -L- in-alright or allright.
Shogo   Monday, January 26, 2004, 16:55 GMT
I wanna know that too... i hear lots of native speakers say something like "orright" or "aw-right", is this just because my ear can't catch the l properly where im supposed to, or do you not actually pronounce it?
mjd   Monday, January 26, 2004, 22:06 GMT
We native speakers often drop the "L" in all right (alright). It's like "gonna" (going to)...just a colloquial way of speaking.
Jim   Monday, January 26, 2004, 23:32 GMT
Yeah, that's true for me. If I'm speaking slowly and carefully I'll say [o:lrait] but if not I might just say [o:rait].
Shogo   Tuesday, January 27, 2004, 04:10 GMT
Jim & mjd,
Thanks for your answers:) I'm glad my ears aren't so bad as i thought:P