Already and All Ready

What is the difference between all ready and already?

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.

All Ready

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

Example: Of course, the word all (when used as an indefinite pronoun with a meaning similar to everyone) can precede ready.


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:

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What are adverbs? Common errors in writing Easily confused words