already, all ready

already, all ready
Already is an adverb expressing time and means "earlier," "previously": "When she arrived, her friend had already left." "We discovered that the tickets were already sold." All ready is used as an adjective to mean "completely ready": "They will start for the office when they are all ready."

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  • already / all ready —    Already is an adverb that indicates an action is completed by a certain time: Herschel had already finished the whole pie by the time his guests arrived.    All ready means everyone or everything is completely prepared : The children were all… …   Confused words

  • already / all ready —    Already is an adverb that indicates an action is completed by a certain time: Herschel had already finished the whole pie by the time his guests arrived.    All ready means everyone or everything is completely prepared : The children were all… …   Confused words

  • all ready — See already, all ready …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • all ready vs already —   All ready means completely ready .   For example: Are you all ready for the test?   Already is an adverb that means before the present time or earlier than the time expected.   For example: I asked him to come to the cinema but he d already… …   English dictionary of common mistakes and confusing words

  • all ready vs already —   All ready means completely ready .   For example: Are you all ready for the test?   Already is an adverb that means before the present time or earlier than the time expected.   For example: I asked him to come to the cinema but he d already… …   English dictionary of common mistakes and confusing words

  • all ready — all ready, quite ready; completely ready. Usage See note under already. (Cf. ↑already) …   Useful english dictionary

  • already — See already, all ready …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • already — 1. As an adverb (I have already paid), already is spelt as one word, and is not to be confused with the two separate words all ready (We are all ready to start now). 2. Already is sometimes used in AmE and other varieties, and informally in BrE… …   Modern English usage

  • already — c.1300, compound of ALL (Cf. all) + READY (Cf. ready), lit. fully ready. Cf. Norw., Dan. allerede already. Colloquial use in U.S. as a terminal emphatic (e.g. enough, already!) is attested from 1903, translating Yiddish shoyn, which is used in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • already — /awl red ee/, adv. 1. by this or that time; previously; prior to or at some specified or implied time: When we came in, we found they had already arrived. 2. now; so soon; so early: Is it noon already? 3. Informal. (used as an intensifier to… …   Universalium

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