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  1. Offroad's Avatar
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    #1

    on the way

    Dear friends...

    On the way home, this restless kid asks:

    Are we there ____ ?

    a) yet
    b) as yet
    c) already

    Which one would you mark?

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    #2

    Re: on the way

    NOT A TEACHER.

    "Yet." The second option is wrong, and "Are we there already?" implies that the kid is surprised at how fast he's arrived home.

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    #3

    Re: on the way

    In fact, "Are we there yet?" is so often said by children on road trips that it's become a joke. My kids will say it as we are leaving the driveway, just to be funny. Then they make the sound Donkey makes in Shrek on their journey to Far, Far Away. Then we tie them to the roof rack and continue in peace. Okay, not the last part.
    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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    #4

    Re: on the way

    There's a truly awful movie titled "Are We There Yet?" starring Ice Cube, about a man courting a single mother who agrees to take her kids on a road trip. I think they're making it into a T.V. series now, too. As Barb D notes, it is a very pervasive meme!

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