How are you today?
Are you all ready to start the weekend? Or should I say are you already to start the weekend?
Oh no! We have an error in one of those sentences. Don’t worry, all ready vs. already is a common mistake in English for both English learners and native speakers.
So today we are going to take a look at the difference.
The first very important point is that “all ready” is a way to put emphasis on “ready.” To say that someone/something is completely ready or prepared.
I am ready.
I am all ready.
Both sentences are correct but the second one puts more stress on the fact I am entirely ready.
Take a listen to this song and see if you can find a place where “all ready” can be substituted for “ready.” What about “already”? Can you find it in the song?
1) They are not hungry because they have already eaten.
2) She has finished her homework already.
Notice that the adverb “already” can be placed before the main verb (in sentence #1 have is the auxiliary verb and left is the main verb) or at the end of the sentence as seen in #2.
Well, that’s all for now. As you should already know we want to help you learn lots and hope you are feeling all ready to continue doing so!
Have a great weekend,
Written by: Sarah, Teacher from ABA English
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