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Learn British English: everything’s “all right”

 

“All right” is used commonly by all native English speakers, but in British English it has some additional meanings which are useful to know.

The general meaning is a synonym for “ok” or “fine”, but we commonly use it also to say “hello” and “how are you?”.

EXAMPLES

“Hi, you all right?

All right?” (Means “Hi, how are you?”)

“Are you happy with that?” “All right.” (Means “ok” or “fine”.)

All right then…” (Means “So, then…”)

“It’s all right” or “Everything’s all right” means “Don’t worry” or “It’s ok / fine”.

 

There is a modern, informal spelling which is alright. I recommend using “all right”, especially in British English.

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