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    I read that we should not use the word "already" in the past tense...if so, Is it wrong to say : " I already sent my message" ? Thanks

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    Default Re: using the word " already" in past tense

    I'm not good in english but what I know is we should really use "already" in past tense.. lets wait for reply of professionals.

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    Usually, we would use "already" with the present simple, because the past simple links a past action with the present: "I have already made a cake" means that a freshly-baked cake exists and, in addition, it is no longer necessary to bake another cake.

    However, in American speech you will very often hear "already" with the past simple. This is because American English doesn't use the present perfect as often as British English does. In particular, the word "already" does the work of linking a past action with the present, so why bother using a special tense for the verb as well?

    This isn't incorrect -- it's just a slightly different grammar -- but careful writers would use the present simple (unless they are quoting an American, of course).

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    Default Re: using the word " already" in past tense

    Can I use 'already' with another time adverb?
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    "They already left yesterday."

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    Default Re: using the word " already" in past tense

    You will here it done, though it might be better as:
    They already left- yesterday.

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