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!