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    John: I'll give Mary a French dictionary as a birthday present.
    Alice: She __________ a French dictionary.
    (A) has already had (B) has already (C) already has
    Which option is correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    John: I'll give Mary a French dictionary as a birthday present.
    Alice: She __________ a French dictionary.
    (A) has already had (B) has already (C) already has
    Which option is correct?
    You try first. Which one do you think is correct and why?

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    #3

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    I think C is correct. But my colleague argues that A is right!
    Last edited by sitifan; 05-Oct-2011 at 10:28.

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    #4

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    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I think C is correct. But my colleague Ariel argues that A is right!
    C is correct. If we say that she has already had a French dictionary, we are saying that at some point in her life she had one, we don't know if he still has one now or not.

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    I think it's just about possible to say that she has already had a French dictionary if John is speaking on Mary's birthday about his plans to buy her a dictionary later in the day; Alice informs him that Mary has already had (= received) a dictionary, presumably earlier in the day.

    That is contrived, but it should not be given as an option in a test question of this nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I think it's just about possible to say that she has already had a French dictionary if John is speaking on Mary's birthday about his plans to buy her a dictionary later in the day; Alice informs him that Mary has already had (= received) a dictionary, presumably earlier in the day.
    What does "about" mean in the quoted sentence?

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    #7

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    If something is just about possible, it is almost not possible.

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    #9

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    sitifan, I am a native speaker, and I used it to mean 'almost not possible'.

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    #10

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    Much as I respect Mr Micawber, I can't honestly see much difference- it's a very small chance and whether one views a chance close to zero as a positive or negative thing isn't greatly different- it's still close to zero. If it's almost not possible, it's possible.

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