The “All” Confusion
Confusion often arises when we’re trying to decide if we want to use the word ALL or if we should be using the corresponding prefix. For example, do you know the difference between ALL READY and ALREADY? Do you know the difference between ALL TOGETHER and ALTOGETHER? Does it really matter which one you use? It does! Check out the differences below!
ALL READY (adjective phrase) means: completely ready, prepared
“I am all ready to leave for the cruise.”
ALREADY (adverb) means: previously
“I have already been on several cruises.”
And when you combine the two…
“I’ve already packed my bags so I am all ready to leave on the cruise!”
ALL TOGETHER (adverb phrase) means: in a group
“If you all join in now, we could sing this new song all together.”
ALTOGETHER (adverb) means: wholly, completely, entirely
“It is altogether more than I can comprehend.”
And when you combine the two….
“It is altogether more than I can comprehend that you were able to arrange that we meet here all together.”
The general consensus of the various style guides is that ALRIGHT is a misspelling of the two words ALL RIGHT. Though the use of alright is becoming more readily acceptable, it is still considered by grammarians to be incorrect. Though you may at times be able to get away with writing alright, you will always be correct when you write all right!