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    #1

    Smile already

    i dont know how to use already
    i couldnt understand its meaning in the dictionary

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    #2

    Re: already

    Quote Originally Posted by Ammar_aklan View Post
    I don't know how to use 'already'.

    I couldn't understand its meaning in the dictionary.
    Here's a site that lists more than 109,000 examples of already in context:

    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=alrea...0&t=0&sugg=off

    Ask us again if you have any specific problems.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: already

    Quote Originally Posted by Ammar_aklan View Post
    i dont know how to use already
    i couldnt understand its meaning in the dictionary

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, Ammar Aklan:

    (1) Thank you so much for your question.

    (2) I found some very interesting information in a dictionary entitled

    Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, second edition, 2001.

    (3) It might help you to remember that many, many (!!!) years ago, the

    word was spelled as two words "all (completely) ready," and it referred

    to the subject: The man all ready was there. I guess that it meant

    something like "The man (who was completely ready) was there."

    Then the English-speaking people decided that "all ready" should refer to

    the verb and they also decided to spell it as one word. TODAY IT MEANS

    THAT SOMETHING HAPPENED BEFORE YOU START TO SPEAK.

    I arrived at 4 p.m. The man already was/ was already there. (He had arrived
    at 3:30.)

    Here are some other examples. They are only my ideas:

    It's 2 p.m. now. I don't want lunch because I have already eaten
    lunch. (I had lunch one hour ago.)

    Mona already speaks English, French, and Mandarin. Now she is going to start studying Arabic.

    Ammar has already checked his dictionary many times this month, but he still does not understand the meaning of "already."

    (4) CAREFUL!!! Remember that "all ready" (two words) has a different

    meaning:

    Father: Hurry up. It is time to leave for school.

    Tony: Don't worry. I am ready to go. / I am all (completely) ready

    to go.

    Thanks for the question. I learned a lot today.


    Sincerely yours,


    James

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    #4

    Smile Re: already

    thank u for that
    i have just got it

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    #5

    Re: already

    Quote Originally Posted by Ammar_aklan View Post
    Thank you for that.
    I have just got it now.
    I'm glad to see that you've already got it!

    Please note my amendments to capitalisation and punctuation in your post. You will wish to concentrate on these in future posts.

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