The Difference Between All Ready and Already


Your spellchecker doesn’t know the difference between the homophones all ready and already, but you should know the difference.

Definitions

The adjective phrase all ready (two words) means completely prepared.

The adverb already (one word) means previously or by this time.

Also see the usage notes below.

Examples

  • Our bags have already been inspected.
  • We are all ready to board the plane.
  • “They were already in the downtown area, and they were all ready to walk from bar to bar.”
    (Gonzalo Celorio, And Let the Earth Tremble at Its Centers, trans. by Dick Gerdes. University of Texas Press, 2009).

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