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Jackie #191964 07/20/10 12:49 AM
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Or kumquats or pomegranates??


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Originally Posted By: Faldage
With any more vs. anymore it would be like:

Only two apples? Don't you have any more apples?

No apples? Don't you have apples anymore?

I looked up all right and alright just yesterday. MW said alright was an alternative spelling. Could you give sentences showing the difference between all right and alright? It'll help me to check whether my usage of alright is all right. Thanks.

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Main Entry: al·right
Pronunciation: \(ˌ)ȯl-ˈrīt, ˈȯl-ˌ\
Function: adverb or adjective
Date: 1887
: all right

usage 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 <the first two years of medical school were alright — Gertrude Stein>.


(I still have the M-W window open.) I don't normally use 'alright', and I'm pretty sure it's been discussed on here before, but I can't remember what was said--whether it's a Brit usage, or what. But, to respond to your query:
"Is he all right (alright)? That was a hard fall."
"I finished my math problems; are they all right (as in, did I get every answer right)?"

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Is using alright in this sentence correct?
"What was alright was better."

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Um...I think so. I assume you are comparing degrees of satisfaction?

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In my usage...

Alright implies satisfaction
All right implies correctness

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Now I am not sure what I'm comparing. At least I know the difference between the two. Thanks jackie, doc.

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