College Essay Grammar Tip

Are you writing your college admissions essay? Filling out scholarship applications with essay requirements? An important college essay grammar tip is to watch out for grammar gotchas — things you may feel are fine that are not considered correct in formal usage.

This may be news to you, but …

Alright is NOT alright.

While the combined word is gaining acceptance by some, in academic audiences there is still a prevailing opinion that “alright” is not an acceptable substitute for “all right” in formal writing.

Just to be clear, competing against many other applicants for college admission and/or scholarship money definitely falls under the “formal writing” category.

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Yes, language is a living thing, changing over the years, and new words come into use frequently. (Selfie, anyone?!) When trying to impress admissions and scholarship application readers, however, the established route is the way to go.

Check out Grammar Girl’s take on the alright vs. all right subject here.


Find some other possible grammar traps in the infographic below.
15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly
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Further reading:

What’s the one scholarship essay tip most students miss? This one.

Take these three books with you to college and you will have all the tools you need to stay a step ahead of grammar goofs!

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