All Ready or Already?

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

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"All ready" and "already" sound the same, but they have completely different meanings. So, that space is important! "All ready" and "already" are not interchangeable.
The Quick Answer

All Ready

(adjective phrase) "ready" or "completely prepared"
  • We are all ready for the big day. correct tick


(adverb) "prior to a specified or implied time" or "as early as now"
  • We have already arrived. correct tick
all ready or already difference
"All ready" and "already" are easy to confuse because they sound identical, but their meanings are quite different. "All ready" means completely prepared. "Already" means prior to a specified time. For example:
  • The team members are all ready. correct tick
  • (Note that "all ready" can be replaced with just "ready." "All ready" is more emphatic.)
  • We have finished the task already. correct tick

All Ready

"All ready" means "completely prepared." It is more emphatic than just "ready," but - grammatically - it can be replaced with "ready."

Here are some examples of "all ready" in sentences:
  • Lillian is all ready. Mark is prepared to brief. correct tick
  • (Most readers would assume Lillian's state of preparedness to be higher than Mark's.)
  • Make sure everyone is all ready by 9 o'clock. correct tick


"Already" is an adverb meaning "prior to a specified or implied time" or "as early as now."

Here are some examples of "already" in sentences:
  • It is already illegal to culture human-animal embryos for more than fourteen days. correct tick
  • ("already" = since before now)
  • When they pulled the shark up in the net it was already dead. correct tick
  • ("already" = since before then)
  • The wild Hepatica Nobilis flowers are already blooming. This is one month earlier than last year. correct tick
  • ("already" = as early as now)

Top 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. correct tick
  • (As "ready" sounds okay, "all ready" is correct.)

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

More about "All Ready"

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

  • Is John ready? Is Jane ready? Are you ready? Are you all ready? correct tick
  • Yes, we are all all ready. correct tick
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.

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