It says in TPH (page 160)
The ready action lets you prepare to take an action later, after your turn is over but before your next one has begun. Readying is a standard action. It does not provoke an attack of opportunity (though the action that you ready might do so).
Do I take this to mean that the act of readying an action is itself a standard action?
If so, does this then "use" my standard action for the round, or is it simply a way to prevent someone from moving, standard acting, and then readying an additional standard action?
I.e. If I move 30ft then ready an action to attack; when my interupt happens, is my standard action (for the attack) still there, or was it "used" by the act of readying. Is it only "used" by the act of readying in order to be utilized at the time of interupt?