Prepare for good writing: All ready vs. already

Often I see these two homophones mixed up; some writers seem to believe that like after all, there’s only one right word and that it has duo meanings. That isn’t the case.

“All ready” means “entirely ready.” For example, The paratroopers were all ready to jump.

“Already” means “previously” or “so soon.” You might write, I cleaned the bathroom already (previously) or Is it dinnertime already? (so soon).

Phew, glad to see we’re now all ready to use these two words correctly, already!


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.