Misused Words

Already and All ready

Already, an adverb, means previously.

The worker has already accepted the job offer.

All ready means completely prepared.

We were all ready to go to the beach when we discovered that our car had a flat tire.

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) If you have (already, all ready) turned off your cellphones, you may begin the exam.

(2) We will not begin the exam until the students are (already, all ready).

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