Already or All Ready?

What Is the Difference between "Already" and "All Ready"?

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The Quick Answer

All ready means completely prepared.

Already means prior to a specified or implied time.

Already and All Ready

The terms already and all ready sound identical and are sometimes confused.


The word already is an adverb meaning prior to a specified or implied time or as early as now.
  • It is already illegal to culture human-animal embryos for more than fourteen days.
  • (already = since before now)
  • When they pulled the shark up in the net it was already dead.
  • (already = since before then)
  • The wild Hepatica Nobilis flowers are already blooming — one month earlier than last year.
  • (already = as early as now)

All Ready

The term all ready means completely prepared. It is slightly more emphatic than just prepared.

  • Jillian is all ready. Mark is prepared to brief.
  • (Most readers would assume Jillian's state of preparedness to be higher than Mark's.)
Of course, the word all (when used as an indefinite pronoun with a meaning similar to everyone) can precede ready.

  • Is the tent ready? Is Jane ready? Are you ready? Are you all ready?
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Hot Tip

All Ready Equals Ready

Ready can replace all ready but not already.

Try to use just ready. If your sentence still makes sense, then you are safe to use all ready; otherwise, use already. For example:
  • Jean is all ready.
    (Try the substitution: Jean is ready.
  • (As ready sounds okay, all ready is correct.)

  • I have already seen this film.
  • (Try the substitution: I have ready seen this film.
    (As ready sounds wrong, all ready must be wrong, and already is correct.)

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