ALL RIGHT, ALL READY. . . ALL TOGETHER
All right, all ready, and all together are three terms that are often misused in writing because
each term has its own homonym, which is another word that sounds the same but has a different
meaning. It is important to know the differences when you write. If you confuse these two-word
terms for their one-word sound-alikes, you may put across the wrong meaning:
All right vs. alright
All ready vs. already
All together vs. altogether
All right is a term that is sometimes incorrectly written as alright. Even though alright has
appeared in the works of such well-known writers as James Joyce and Langston Hughes, it has
never been accepted as grammatically correct. When writers use it on purpose, they are probably
trying to communicate an informal attitude as in the Who’s song, “The Kids are Alright.”
All right can be used as an adjective, for example:
1. I checked to see if the tires were all right.
2. Eating a hamburger for lunch is all right by me.
3. Your answers are all right.
All right can also be used as an adverb, for example:
1. I did all right on the test.
2. All right, here’s the plan.
3. He sure runs fast, all right.
All ready is often confused with already. It is an adjective meaning, “completely prepared,” as
1. Are you all ready for your speech ?
2. The students are all ready for the test.
Already is an adverb meaning “by a certain time,” as in:
1. The store was already closed when we arrived.
2. The 7th graders have already had their yearbook pictures taken.
Altogether is an adverbs that indicates a collective action or concept:
1. The players traveled all together.
2. She came up with an altogether new idea.
3. There were altogether 50 students in the field trip.
All together is used only in sentences that can be rephrased so that all together may be separated
by other words:
The shoes lay all together in a pile.
All the shoes lay together in a pile
Fill-in the blanks with the most appropriate of these forms:
All right all ready all together
alright already altogether
1. ____________, this has been a successful semester.
2. “Is class over _____________ ?” Susie exclaimed with surprise.
3. The parking lot was ____________ a week before school started.
4. The crossing guard made sure the ten children crossed the street ______________.
5. The Who’s song “The Kids are ____________” is really cool, even if it uses a non-standard
6. Just as the movie was ____________ to begin, Zach’s popcorn ran out.
7. Sarah broke her arm after slipping on a chicken nugget, but now she’s ____________.
8. After struggling up “A” Mountain, John and Jane fell asleep and missed the sunrise
9. Since she had forgotten to turn on the oven, Phyllis’ apple pie was not at ____________.
10. Even though such well-known authors as Langston Hughes and James Joyce used it,
_________ has never been accepted as the single word spelling of __________.
11. “If we push the rock ___________, we will open the cave’s entrance and find the hidden
treasure!” urged the wily old pirate captain to his motley crew.
12. Krusty was ____________ barking eagerly before his owner had even entered the front
Answers: 1. already, 2. already, 3. all ready, 4. all together 5. alright, 6. all ready, 7. all right, 8. altogether, 9. all
ready, 10. alright, 11. all together, 12. already
Lesson created by Diego Dalmau