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    1) Hans does not know how to speak English yet.

    Could you also say " Hans does not know how to speak English already." if you say that the word "already" does not
    refer to the whole sentence but only to that bit "...how to speak English." - in the sense of " how to already speak
    English."?

    When it comes to forming a question like " Does Hans know how to speak English yet?", could you also say " Does Hans already know how to speak English?" if a positive or affirmative answer is expected by the person asking the question, as
    is the case with "some" in questions like " Would you like some wine? " because a yes - answer is expected?
    Is the word " already " sometimes used in spoken English although "yet" would be correct?

    Looking forward to your answers!

    Hello from Germany

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joern Matthias View Post
    1) Hans does not know how to speak English yet.

    Could you also say " Hans does not know how to speak English already." if you say that the word "already" does not
    refer to the whole sentence but only to that bit "...how to speak English." - in the sense of " how to already speak
    English."? No.

    When it comes to forming a question like " Does Hans know how to speak English yet?", could you also say " Does Hans already know how to speak English?" if a positive or affirmative answer is expected by the person asking the question, as
    is the case with "some" in questions like " Would you like some wine? " because a yes - answer is expected? Yes.
    Is the word " already " sometimes used in spoken English although "yet" would be correct? Possibly.

    Looking forward to your answers!

    Hello from Germany
    Bhai.

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    Hello Bhai,

    Thank you very much for your opinion on my questions and your time.

    Joern

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joern Matthias View Post
    Hello Bhai,

    Thank you very much for your opinion on my questions and your time.

    Joern
    Your gratitude is welcome but please don't make a new post just to say "Thank you". Simply click the Like button on any post you find helpful. If you do that, we do not have to click on the thread to see what a new post says, only to find that it is just a "Thank you" not a follow-up question.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: yet or already

    As your answers are really helpful, especially as my last question is concerned, I would like to know if "already" is correct in this sentence.

    1) "I am not thinking of already leaving the party although I have to go to work very early tomorrow."

    or would this version be correct: 2) "I am not thinking of leaving the party yet although I have to go to work very early tomorrow."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joern Matthias View Post
    As your answers are really helpful, especially as my last question is concerned, I would like to know if "already" is correct in this sentence.

    1) "I am not thinking of already leaving the party although I have to go to work very early tomorrow."

    or would this version be correct: 2) "I am not thinking of leaving the party yet although I have to go to work very early tomorrow."

    Joern
    Use version #2.

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