all ready vs. already

What is the difference between all ready and already?

The phrase all ready functions as an adjective meaning “completely equipped, prepared, or ready.” For example:
  • “Are we all ready for the presentation to begin?”
  • “OK, I think I’m all ready for my trip to Europe!”
Unlike the term alright (an informal contraction of the phrase all right), already is not a contraction of all ready. Instead, it is a separate word that functions as an adverb, meaning “at or prior to a specified time” or “sooner or faster than expected,” as in:
  • “I can’t believe that it’s April already!”
  • “She had already mowed the lawn by the time I got home.”

Spelling Tricks and Tips

There are a couple of quick mnemonic tricks we can use to remember the difference between the two words:
  • All essentially means “everything,” so if you are all ready, then everything is ready.
  • Already means “sooner or faster than expected,” and it is faster to write already than all ready.
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