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    all right?

    Is it correct if i use " all right? Or are you all right?" Instead of "How are you?" In greeting with others and my friends?

    Is this usage of " all right?" Correct and standard English?

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    #2

    Re: all right?

    Quote Originally Posted by hediye View Post
    Is it correct to use "all right"? Or "Are you all right?" Instead of "How are you?" in greeting with others and my friends?

    Is this usage of "all right?" correct and standard English?
    Yes, it is.

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    #3

    Re: all right?

    Just continue to use "all right" and eschew "alright".

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    #4

    Re: all right?

    Quote Originally Posted by hediye View Post
    Is this usage of " all right?" Correct and standard English?
    Yes, but don't use it formally, unless you think someone is ill, needs help or has been hurt, etc.

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    #5

    Re: all right?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Just continue to use "all right" and eschew "alright".
    Hmm. What about "aight"?

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    #6

    Re: all right?

    Even worse.

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    #7

    Re: all right?

    If someone asked me "are you all right?" I would think I must look like something is wrong. It's simply not a casual greeting like "hey, how are ya?" or "what's up?" ... At least, not in my circles.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: all right?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    If you want to greet someone, you might say, "Hello" or ""How are you?" or "What's up, dude?" or "What's happening?" (The last two questions might be asked by young people.)

    It would seem very strange (and even ominous) if someone asked me, "Are you all right?" I might answer, "Why do you ask? Have you heard that something had happened to me?"

    If you were walking down the street and saw someone fall down, you might go up to her and ask, "Are you all right / OK?" Shall I call an ambulance?"

    In such a case, you certainly would NOT ask her, "How are you?"

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    #9

    Re: all right?

    Yes, I agree.

    "All right" = "Is everything going well for you today?"

    "Are you all right?" = "You look ill, are you ok?" or "I heard you were unwell, are you all right now?"

    In my experience people will usually say "All right?" or, "How are you?" or, "How's it going today?".

    A while ago there was a spate of people in Wales saying "What's occurring?", as Nessa, one of the main characters in a hit comedy show called Gavin & Stacey, used to say it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmdl4mt_p0c

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqnxDhc5ByI

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    #10

    Re: all right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    "All right" = "Is everything going well for you today?"

    We do normally drop the verb and subject in this way in the UK with this meaning.

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