Re: Already vs. All Ready

Subject: Re: Already vs. All Ready
From: Scott McClare <smcclare -at- DY4 -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 10:07:29 -0500

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> From: McCreash, Toni Lee [SMTP:mccreash -at- SCN -dot- SPAWAR -dot- NAVY -dot- MIL]
> Sent: Friday, December 18, 1998 9:50 AM
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> Subject: Already vs. All Ready
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>Is "Already" the colloquial version of "All Ready"?

That's where the word came from, but they don't mean the same thing.

"Already" means "before the time in question," as in:

* Thanks for telling me what I already know.
* They tried to beat the boss to work, but he was
already there when they arrived.

"All ready" means more or less exactly what it says: completely ready.

"Already" is an adverb describing time; "all ready" is a predicative
adjective describing a state of completeness.

However, "already" as in "Shut up already!" *is* a colloquialism. 8-)

Take care,

Scott

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Scott McClare - Technical Writer
DY 4 Systems Inc., Kanata, Ontario, Canada
(613) 599-9199 x502 smcclare -at- dy4 -dot- com
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