What people write: alright
Correct expression: all right
Meaning: agreed; okay; without a doubt.
The adverb all right frequently appears as a single word, alright, in fictional dialogue and on web sites without copy editors (e.g. Huffington Post, Gawker). Yet the one-word spelling is not accepted as standard by any respected dictionary or style guide.
- The AP Stylebook is categoric. 'Never alright.'
- Strunk & White's The Elements of Style says, 'Properly written as two words—all right.'
- The Chicago Manual of Style states, 'Two words. Avoid alright.'
- It's all right if you don't want to come with me to the movies.
- I thought I did all right at volleyball tryouts, but I'm not sure I'll make the team.
- All right, already! I took the last piece of pie, and I'm not sorry!