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    YET in future questions

    Hello, the basic difference between already and yet is not difficult, but I haven't found any example of usage in future questions.
    E.g. Will you be able to do it yet?
    Is such a sentence correct? If yet is supposed to mean sth like this soon in the sentence.
    Thank you :)

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    #2

    Re: YET in future questions

    No, you can't use "yet" like that.

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    #3

    Re: YET in future questions

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No, you can't use "yet" like that.
    OK, thank you :)
    And what about the present? Can you/Could you contact her yet? WOuld that be correct?

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    Re: YET in future questions

    Have you contacted her yet?

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    Re: YET in future questions

    tricky, i have never seen such a sentence before in my life until this one. Cheers.

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    #6

    Re: YET in future questions

    The word "yet" means "at any time in the past leading up to right now", or "right now". It's generally used in the past tense with a negative:

    I haven't bought any apples yet.
    I haven't seen the doctor yet.

    or in the present tense but a negative noun:

    I have no money yet.
    I have no grey hairs yet.

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    Re: YET in future questions

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The word "yet" means "at any time in the past leading up to right now", or "right now". It's generally used in the past tense with a negative:

    I haven't bought any apples yet.
    I haven't seen the doctor yet.

    or in the present tense but a negative noun:

    I have no money yet.
    I have no grey hairs yet.
    In the Present Perfect tense...and in the interrogative as well?

    Have you seen the doctor yet?

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    And what about "Have you already seen the doctor?" I believe it's not ok, but can't tell why.
    Not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: YET in future questions

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    And what about "Have you already seen the doctor?" I believe it's not ok, but can't tell why.

    It's OK, I think.
    In your sentence, 'already' is used to express 'surprise'.
    already - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
    It's an unlikely utterance, though.

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    Re: YET in future questions

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    And what about "Have you already seen the doctor?" I believe it's not ok, but can't tell why.
    It's fine.

    Don't forget every parent's favorite backseat question: "Are we there yet?"

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