Public Works and Government Services Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Institutional Links


Important notice

Good news! We have updated our writing tools. Writing Tips and The Canadian Style have been combined to create a new tool called Writing Tips Plus.

Don’t forget to update your bookmarks. Within a few weeks, Writing Tips will no longer be available.

To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

all ready, already

The adjective phrase all ready means “fully prepared.”

  • When the whistle blew, Gerald was all ready (prepared) to go.

The adverb already means “by now” or “earlier than anticipated.”

  • By page 20, the astute reader already knows who the murderer is.
  • The play had already begun when we arrived at the theatre.