What the 'L is going on here? ALL READY and ALREADY are duking it out!
In the Adverb corner, ALREADY is wearing red. She demands to throw the first punch:
I ALREADY heard that song. Can you play another?
In the Two Words corner, ALL READY is wearing blue. This is his response:
Are you ALL READY for vacation? Did you book lodging and airfare? Did you find someone to watch the dog?
Adverb: Quiet down ALREADY! My eardrums are going to pop.
Two Words: Peter is ALL READY for his upcoming test, having studied for hours upon hours.
IT'S A TIE because they both demonstrated proper context. Synonyms for ALREADY include "previously" and "(do it) this instant!" A good synonym for ALL READY is "prepared."
ALL READY and ALREADY are now demonstrating good sportmanship by shaking hands, which signals the end of this spoonful. Until next Sunday...
Laura Fineberg Cooper
A Spoonful of Grammar