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Write the Right Word: All Right!

Leaving letters out of words or running words together is OK for texting, as long as the meaning is clear. But that’s not OK when writing news releases or educational materials such as publications, newsletters or brochures.

“All right” is a phrase that commonly is misspelled. It’s never all right to spell it “alright.” Also, do not hyphenate it unless it’s used as a compound modifier. For example: “He’s an all-right guy.”

Another commonly misused phrase is “a lot.” That also always is two words. “She spent a lot of time trying to decide which dress to wear to the prom.” If you mean to say “give or apportion something,” then the word is “allot.”

Ellen Crawford, information specialist, (701) 231-5391

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