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    Default Re: simple past with "yet" ,"alredy"

    I'll be ready to go as soon as I feed the dog.

    1. Mom, don't feed her. I have already done so. -- No, I don't think so!
    2. Mom, you don't have to feed her! I already did. -- Normal American usage
    3. Mom, I already have. -- This seems fine, but no more correct than the one above and not as natural.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: simple past with "yet" ,"alredy"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'll be ready to go as soon as I feed the dog.

    1. Mom, don't feed her. I have already done so. -- No, I don't think so!
    2. Mom, you don't have to feed her! I already did. -- Normal American usage
    3. Mom, I already have. -- This seems fine, but no more correct than the one above and not as natural.
    "I already have" is correct and natural in BrE.

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    Default Re: simple past with "yet" ,"alredy"

    In fact, while "I've/I have already done so" wouldn't be very common, I do know people who would say that.
    I think the most common way in BrE would be "I've already done it".

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    And that's fine, but #2 is not wrong in the U.S.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: simple past with "yet" ,"alredy"

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    To my knowledge, "I've already done." Why are you putting "already" before the auxiliary? Is it a common practice where you live?
    "I already did" seems natural to me.

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