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13 / 10 / 2005

ALREADY: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you enjoyed your one-day holiday! So far this week, we have explained STILL and YET. On Tuesday we gave an example dialogue that showed the similarity in meaning between these words. Today we will explain the related word, ALREADY. ALREADY We use already to indicate that something has happened in the past or in the present, not in the future. It is common to use already with one of the perfect tenses (present perfect, past perfect etc.). The sentence position of already is usually mid-position (after the auxiliary verb or, in the case of a question, after the subject.) To express surprise or emphasize the meaning of already, place the verb at the end of the sentence. Example 1: You're late! We have already started eating. Example 2: I don't want to watch this video. I've already seen it. Example 3: Child: Mummy! Can I go outside and play? Mother: What? Have you finished your homework already? Child: Well, I still have to do page 12. Mother: If you haven't finished all of your homework yet, you can't go outside. I'll come and help you with it and then you can have a snack. I've already put some biscuits on the table for you. Then you can go outside. Thank you to Luis and Eulàlia for suggesting this Daily Vitamin topic. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please don't hesitate to contact us. Enjoy the rest of your day!


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