Homonyms Part 2: Those All-confusing
the difference between “already” and “all ready”? Should
one use “altogether” or “all together?” Is it ever OK to say “alright,” or should it be
in order already means previously. All ready simply means
My friends were already
at the train station.
I had already told her
three times to go home.
She was already in the
pool when I arrived.
I have already put the
suitcases in the car.
We packed our bags, and were all
ready to go.
I was all ready to yell at him,
but he laughed.
“Are you all ready?”
he asked, looking from one man to another.
means completely, overall, everything considered. When used as a noun, it means naked. All together refers to a group.
I found him altogether too fussy
for my taste.
She swam in the altogether. (She
He tried to find the trail, altogether
baffled by the falling snow.
One, two three … All together
now: Happy birthday!
All together, there will be six
of us attending the lecture.
When he found the fox kits, they
were all together in a new den.
right and Alright have confused people for centuries. Both phrases have their supporters, although All right
seems to be the preferred usage. In fact, there are those who say, "If it's not
'all right' it's all wrong."
Either phrase seems to be acceptable in dialogue:
“How was dinner, honey?”
“Alright.” [So-so, or passable]
right means satisfactory, safe, good, and well – all the good things.
It is also be used to show resignation or agreement.
He’s an all right guy. [Trustworthy and pleasant]
Everything is going to be all
If it’s all right with you,
we’ll leave on Monday.
She was sick, but she’s
all right now.
All right, let’s come up
with a plan.
“Oh, all right,” he
said, "I'll take out the rubbish."
month, we'll look at avoiding suddenly and related scene spoilers