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The difference between “all set” and “already”

The difference between“All ready“y“Of“

“All ready“y“of“they are easy to confuse because they sound identical.

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  • “All ready“ significa completamente preparado. Por ejemplo:
    • The team members are all ready. ✔️
      (Note that“all ready“can be replaced with just“ready.““All ready“is more emphatic.)
  • “Already“ significa antes de un tiempo determinado. Por ejemplo:
    • We have finished the task already. ✔️

More about“Already“and“All Ready“

The terms“all ready“y“of“they sound identical and are sometimes confused.

All Ready

“All ready“means“fully prepared“. It is more emphatic than simply“a list“, but, grammatically, it can be replaced with“a list“.

Here are some examples of“all ready“in sentences:

  • Lillian is all ready. Mark is prepared to brief.
    (Most readers would assume Lillian’s state of preparedness to be higher than Mark’s.)
  • Make sure everyone is all ready by 9 o’clock.


“Of“is an adverb that means“before a specified or implied time“o“as soon as now“.

Here are some examples of“of“in sentences:

  • It is already illegal to culture human-animal embryos for more than fourteen days. ✔️
    (“already“= since before now)
  • When they pulled the shark up in the net it was already dead. ✔️
    (“already“= since before then)
  • The wild Hepatica Nobilis flowers are already blooming. This is one month earlier than last year. ✔️
    (“already“= as early as now)

Top Tip

Top Tip:“All Ready“Equals“Ready“

“List“can replace“all ready“but not“of“.

Try using just“a list“. If your sentence still makes sense, then you can use“all ready“; otherwise use“of“. For example:

  • Jean is all ready. ✔️
    (Try the substitution: Jean is ready.
    (As“ready“sounds okay,“all ready“is correct.)
  • I have already seen this film. ❌
    (Try the substitution: I have ready seen this film.
    (As“ready“sounds wrong,“all ready“must be wrong. So,“already“is correct.)

More about“All Ready“

Of course, the word“all“(when used as an indefinite pronoun with a meaning similar to“all“) can precede“a list“.


  • Is John ready? Is Jane ready? Are you ready? Are you all ready? ✔️
  • Yes, we are all all ready. ✔️

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