The American Heritage Book of English Usage (1996) says,
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The University of Victoria (Canada) Writer's Guide (1995) says,
The Columbia Guide to Standard American English s(1993) ays,
The Hutchinson Encyclopaedia, UK, (2007) says,
The Word Detective sums it up with,
"The answers are all right
may mean that all of them are correct or that they are satisfactory on the whole. Some people would like to use alright
to avoid confusion, but all right
is considered correct. It is possible that alright
will one day be accepted (as already
have been), but for now it is better to rewrite the sentence: all the answers are right
or the answers are satisfactory
Source: Helicon Publishing
The dictionary at Answers.com gives,
'The answer to whether "alright" is proper usage depends on whom you ask. The eminent English grammarian H.W. Fowler thought not, in no uncertain terms. Writing in "Modern English Usage" in 1926, Fowler let it be known that "The words should always be written separate; there are no such forms as 'all-right,' 'allright,' or 'alright'...."
About sixty years after Fowler stated his opinion, my own parents, William and Mary Morris, posed the question of "alright" to a panel of usage experts they surveyed for their "Harper Dictionary of Contemporary Usage." The panel agreed overwhelmingly with Fowler -- 86 percent said that they wouldn't use "alright" as an adjective ("He's alright"), and 75 percent rejected its use as an adverbial phrase ("Alright, I'll do it").
On the other hand, Bergen and Cornelia Evans, in their "Dictionary of Contemporary Usage," point out that there's a case to be made for "alright." Using "alright" as a synonym for "O.K." or "satisfactory," they note, "would allow us to make the distinction between 'the answers are alright' (satisfactory) and 'the answers were all right' (every one of them)."'
Source: Alright, Demeaning Demeanor, A Little Latin Goes a Long Way, A Nice Question, Is OK Alright? and Beyond the Pale.
) adv. Nonstandard.
All the best.
"Even though it has appeared in many works of accomplished authors, the use of "alright" in formal writing is generally frowned upon and may be perceived as purposefully breaking convention."
Source: alright: Definition and Much More from Answers.com