Let's face it! English can be confusing. Many English words are similar in sight or sound, but possess very different meanings. While it is difficult to completely avoid making mistakes in English, here are some tips that might help prevent a few common errors.
All ready vs already
The phrase all ready means completely prepared, or entirely ready. Example: We are all ready to leave for our trip.
Already is an adverb meaning previously, before the present time, or earlier than the time expected. Example: I cannot believe it is already mid-May!
In a nutshell: Use all ready when you mean that each thing or each person (everything) is ready. Use already when you mean previously or so soon.
Practice: Select the best choice. 1. Are you (all ready/already) for the test? 2. The order has (all ready/already) been shipped. 3. The clothes are (all ready/already) to be washed. 4. Pim is (all ready/already) bored with her new boyfriend.
Answers: 2. already; 4. already; 1. all ready; 3. all ready
Every day vs everyday
When using every day as two words, it means each day without exception. Every day is an adjective (every) plus a noun (day). Example: She was late for school every day last week. The single word, everyday, is an adjective, often used in front of a noun. It means commonplace, ordinary, or regular.
Example: Daeng has an everyday meeting at 10am.
Quick tip: An easy way to determine which is appropriate to use is to substitute the words each day in place of every day or everyday. If each day makes grammatical sense, use every day (two words). If each day does not work, use everyday.
Practice: Select the best choice. 1. I jog 5km (every day/everyday). 2. These shoes are comfortable for (every day/everyday) wear. 3. I work (every day/everyday) of the week except Sunday. 4. Drinking tea is an (every day/everyday) part of my culture.
Answers: 3. every day; 1. every day; 4. everyday; 2. everyday
You are now all ready for everyday grammar!
Heather Vlach is an English-language specialist and Intensive Studies educator at International School Bangkok in Nonthaburi. Her email address is email@example.com.
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