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    Already + have

    Hey
    I'm not fully sure about the position of "already".
    P1: Do you need a car?
    P2: No, I already have one.
    P2: No, I have already one.
    P2: No, I have one already.


    The first answer sounds best to me, and I hope that you agree.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Already + have

    [QUOTE=Nightmare85;626083]Hey
    I'm not fully sure about the position of "already".
    P1: Do you need a car?
    P2: No, I already have one.
    P2: No, I have already one.
    P2: No, I have one already.


    The first answer sounds best to me, and I hope that you agree.

    Cheers!

    If we follow the rule:

    To be + already
    already + verb. - when there is no auxiliary.
    If you want to add emphasis, it can be placed at the beginning of a sentence.

    So, I would choose the first example too.

    Neither a teacher nor a native English speaker.

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    Re: Already + have

    [QUOTE=ratóncolorao;626120]
    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hey
    I'm not fully sure about the position of "already".
    P1: Do you need a car?
    P2: No, I already have one.
    P2: No, I have already one.
    P2: No, I have one already.


    The first answer sounds best to me, and I hope that you agree.

    Cheers!

    If we follow the rule:

    To be + already
    already + verb. - when there is no auxiliary.
    If you want to add emphasis, it can be placed at the beginning of a sentence.

    So, I would choose the first example too.

    Neither a teacher nor a native English speaker.
    When you say it can be placed at the beginning of a sentence, I assume you don't mean that you think we can say "Already I have one"?

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    Re: Already + have

    [QUOTE=emsr2d2;626138]
    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post

    When you say it can be placed at the beginning of a sentence, I assume you don't mean that you think we can say "Already I have one"?
    I am giving a general rule about the use of "already" - following the Reverso dictionary : Already, he has a villa in Rome.
    Définition "already" - Dictionnaire anglais pour apprenants Collins Cobuild English Dictionary & Thesaurus, orthographe "already" - Reverso

    Although, I must say, I have never seen it before.
    I will go on searching for more examples.

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    Re: Already + have

    I have found another example - told by a native English-American person:
    Already I drank a beer this morning.

    Cheerio

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    Re: Already + have

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    I have found another example - told by a native English-American person:
    Already I drank a beer this morning.

    Cheerio
    Wow, I'm surprised to hear that!

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    Re: Already + have

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Wow, I'm surprised to hear that!
    Americans are liable to say anything. Seriously, I think I remember reading somewhere that this structure has something to do with Yiddish.

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    Re: Already + have

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    I have found another example - told by a native English-American person:
    Already I drank a beer this morning.

    Cheerio
    'I already drank a beer this morning.' would be much more common.

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    Re: Already + have

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    'I already drank a beer this morning.' would be much more common.
    Having thought about it, I can imagine someone saying "Already today, I've had three beers!" but not very common.

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    Re: Already + have

    Thank you, guys.
    However, please let us not mix things.

    I'm not talking about the "Simple Past" or "Present Perfect" already.
    I'm aware of the fact that it's common to say:
    I already drank a beer. (Perfect for AmE.)
    I have already drunk a beer. (Perfect for BrE.)


    But as said, I'm talking about something different.
    Anyway, I believe
    ratóncolorao has already answered the question.
    P1: Do you need a car?
    P2: No, I already have one.


    Cheers!

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