Words Students Confuse: alright and all right

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Here at Scott's English Success, we read a lot of student essays. 

One problem that many students have is when to use "alright" and when to use "all right" in their essays. For example, "After a while, we determined that the hotel was _______________, even if the location was not ideal."

While in speaking we often combine "all right" and make it "alright", when writing you should always use "all right". So the correct sentence would be "After a while, we determined that the hotel was all right, even if the location was not ideal."

You may see "alright" in written English, but the more correct form is "all right" and this is the version you should use on your written exam.
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