I do see this in stories, and while the two words don’t sound that different, there is a huge difference in meaning. So, this post is all ready to be read, as I am suffering enough already from the word confusion! Poor me…lol…
|Consider the following:|
|The sink is OK. I’ve all ready fixed it.
Um, now I’m confused. He’s completely prepared? Completely REpaired maybe…?
|The sink is OK. I’ve already fixed it.
He fixed it earlier! Stop nagging.
|It was early but they were all ready partying.
Um, completely prepared to party?
|It was early, but they were already partying.
It may be earlier than they had planned to party, but they went ahead and started anyway.
|Are we all ready to go?
Sounds like Mom or Dad wanting to know if all the kids are ready to head out.
|Are we already to go?
This sounds contradictory. If “already” indicates something that’s started happening earlier, then how can we not have gone by now?
|The gym is all ready decorated for the dance.
In some ways, this actually makes sense until you try out Grammar-Monster‘s tip to remove the “all” and see if it still makes sense. So if we try this tip, “The gym is ready decorated…” nope, doesn’t make any sense.
|The gym is already decorated for the dance.
No one needs to worry about the gym’s decorations since it has been decorated.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Free Dictionary: all ready|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective Phrase: Adverb + Adjective||Adverb 1 and 2|
|Completely prepared||Describe something that has happened before a certain time
Before or by now or the time in question
[Informal] Used as an intensive after a word or phrase to express impatience
|Then he cut his leather out, all ready to make up the next day, meaning to rise early in the morning to his work. –Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Joan is all ready with her handouts.
As soon as I put my coat on, I’ll be all ready.
Is everything all ready?
Everyone is all ready to go on.
|I’ve already got my coat.
Anna has suffered a great deal already.
At 31, he already suffers from arthritis.
Already it was past four o’ clock.
Enough already with these crazy kids and their wacky dances!
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: 1580||1 Middle English from all + ready|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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