Some “All” vs. “Al-” Words
All ready vs. Already
These two words may sound alike when you say them, but they have distinct meanings.
All ready means entirely ready.
Example: We are all ready to go.
Already means previously or so soon.
Is it summer already? (so soon)
I did the dishes already. (previously)
All together vs. Altogether
All together, which is a phrase, means in a group.
We are all together in the photo.
It is wonderful to be all together to celebrate your birthday.
Note that all can be omitted from sentences without affecting the meaning.
Altogether is an adverb meaning entirely, completely, everything included.
It is not altogether his fault. (entirely)
We had an altogether wonderful day. (completely)
Altogether, the groceries cost thirty dollars. (everything included)
All right vs. Alright
The word alright means the same as the phrase all right; however, alright is not considered a correct spelling in more formal writing.
Altar vs. Alter
Altar means pedestal, usually of a religious kind.
They exchanged wedding vows at the altar of the church.
Alter means to change.
Please don’t alter your plans until we have the final schedule approved.
Choose the correct word in each sentence below.
1. We had to altar/alter our wedding plans because of the unseasonable rain.
2. I’m not sure that your conclusion is all together/altogether correct.
3. We were all together/altogether for our family reunion.
4. When will you be all ready/already to go to the party?
5. Tell me the secret all ready/already before I go crazy.
Pop Quiz Answers
3. all together
4. all ready
Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009, at 9:09 am