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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Already vs. All Ready

Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, let's discuss the difference between Already vs. All ready. Do you know when to use each one?

Already and All ready are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think.

So, let's dive right in, shall we?

Already as an adverb means that something has taken place, just took place now, or was completed beforehand. It also refers to something happening "so soon."

* Do you have to leave already?

* I already wrote the letter.

* He has already suffered enough.

All ready is simply used to emphasize the word "ready" or when referring to a collective group. A good rule of thumb is that if you're writing something and can swap all ready for ready, then you know you're using the right homophone.

* We are all ready to go!

* Baseball fans are all ready for the season to start.

* Are we all ready to take the test?

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