Submitted by max2 on January 30, 2004

Already or all ready?

It seems to make more sense to spell the phrase “all ready” in two words. The other, “already”, seems to be a contraction that should be used in informal speech. Is “all ready” more correct?

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Speedwell has hit the nail on the head.

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Contrast:

Are we there already?

Are the kids all ready?

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