All Right vs Alright

Essentially, it all comes down to this: ALL RIGHT is the formal version and ALRIGHT is the informal version of the same word.

As an editor and writer, I would both advise and use ALL RIGHT in omnipresence narration (when the character isn’t narrating the story) and ALRIGHT in dialogue or instances of colloquialism.

With formal editing and publishing written works, I am backed up by The Chicago Manual of Style:

“The Chicago Manual of Style, which is followed by book publishers, advises editors to use all right. ‘Avoid alright, which has long been regarded as nonstandard.’”

“If you are [trying to impress a teacher/professor], you’ll do as most writers do and stick to all right. It is by far the more common styling in published, edited text. But alright does have its defenders, and instances of alright abound in informal writing.”


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