already and all ready - the difference

All ready means completely prepared.

Already means prior to a specified or implied time.

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

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, like thousands of other nouns and pronouns, the word all (an indefinite pronoun) can precede ready.

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


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)
Select the correct version:



Ready can replace all ready but not already. Therefore, try to use just ready.  If your sentence still makes sense, then you are safe to use all ready; otherwise, use already.

  • Jean is all ready.
    (Try the substitution: Jean is ready.
    (Therefore, all ready is correct.)

  • I have already seen the latest play.
    (Try the substitution: I have ready seen the latest play.
    (Therefore, already is correct.)

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