Alrighty Then

When do you use alright vs. all right?

When do you use altogether vs. all together?

When do you use already vs. all ready?

According to Webster’s dictionary, “alright” is now obsolete, with “all right” being preferred since the 19th century. But of course, then there’s comedian Jim Carrey, whose famous line “Alrighty then” was best performed as a Gregorian chant in the 1995 movie Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.

“All together” means a group of things or people are all in close proximity or unison, whereas “altogether” means wholly or completely.

Examples:

We’ve consolidated the inventory to keep the compressor parts all together.

That is another story altogether.

“All ready” means that a group of items or people are all set, prepared for action or use.

“Already” means previously.

Examples:

The oil skimming vessels are all ready to go.

One skimming vessel has already left the dock.

Already is also used as an intensive when expressing impatience.

Example:

All right, already!

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