Teacher’s Tips: “Already vs. All ready”

Hello,

How are you today?

Are you all ready to start the weekend? Or should I say are you already to start the weekend?

Hmmmm…

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.
Or
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?

So now we know how to use “all ready” but what about “already” ?

Already is an adverb used to describe things that have happened before now and usually that have happened earlier than expected. For example:

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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About the author  ⁄ Kate

I have taught English for 9 years. I currently work for ABA English but I also teach English Tamil Nadu in the south of India. I love vegan cooking, walking my dog Toby in the park and anything to do with social media!

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Anna
    14 October 2011

    These songs are very pretties, and learn with them is joyful! Thank you

  • Reply
    raimonda
    16 October 2011

    Ok I understand.

  • Reply
    luca
    16 October 2011

    All my bags are packed I’m “all ready” to go. bye bye

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    Silvio Luiz A. Silva
    17 October 2011

    Hi, In this song, I sow de word ready ” All my bags packed I’m ready to go” and the word Already “Already I’m so lonesome”, but I do not saw All Ready. I think undrestood this. Thanks Silvio

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      Kate Author
      19 October 2011

      Hi Silvio! It’s “My bags are packed and I’m all ready to go” as Luca said. You see?

  • Reply
    Belinda
    17 October 2011

    Hello! How are you? Thanks for this song but I don’t understand. Could you send me the translation of the song? Thanks for the explanation of the difference between ALLREDAY and ALREADY. Have a good day! Belinda

  • Reply
    Marcelle
    17 October 2011

    I like your message every Friday. It’ s very appreciated … Thanks a lot

    • Reply
      Kate Author
      18 October 2011

      We’re glad you like it Marcelle! :)

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    Roberto
    11 May 2012

    Well, believe it or not, I find this song so romantic.. I’ve forgotten the grammar and my mind has flown away. I alrealy love this song and I feel all ready to listen to it again. Thanks for this method of teaching us.

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    Good Teacher

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