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"Alles klar" and "in ordnung"

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    "Alles klar" and "in ordnung" mean the same thing ("all right"). When should I use each one?

    May 31, 2017



    Alles klar is a fixed expression, it literally means all clear. It can be used like this:

    You've understood some instruction / advice / plan that was just given to you (it is all clear to you)

    You agree to something (your doubts / objections were cleared)

    You ask someone if they're ok (Alles klar?)

    In Ordnung literally means in order. It can be used in the same situations as above, but it's also used like an adjective with sein (to be)

    Das Auto ist in Ordnung (The car is in order / The car is all right)

    Bist du in Ordnung? (Are you well / Are you all right?)

    Das geht in Ordnung. (That's all right)

    For the idiomatic purpose, they're mostly interchangable, but they're different grammatical constructs.

    [deactivated user]

      Thanks a lot, Paralars1. This really helps.

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