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    #1

    already in questions

    Can we use 'already' in questions? If so, what are the cases?


    Thank you in advance

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    Re: already in questions

    We certainly can.

    Why don't you have a try?

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    #3

    Re: already in questions

    We can use it in Present Perfect simple. For example: Have you already done your homework?


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    Re: already in questions

    Well I was expecting explanation , but nevertheless, I was taught that only 'yet' can be used like this. But I don't like these so-called general rules that are mostly utterly worthless.

    Would this be correct, for example: We haven't already done it.

    My question is about the exceptions to the 'general rule'.

    Thank you Rover

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    Re: already in questions

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Well I was expecting explanation , but nevertheless, I was taught that only 'yet' can be used like this. But I don't like these so-called general rules that are mostly utterly worthless.

    Would this be correct, for example: We haven't already done it.

    My question is about the exceptions to the 'general rule'.

    Thank you Rover
    That is not natural and it's not a question.

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    Re: already in questions

    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Can we use 'already' in questions? If so, what are the cases?


    Thank you in advance
    Did you eat already?
    Have you eaten already?

    Practical English Usage, p.444.

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    Re: already in questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Did you eat already?
    Have you eaten already?

    Practical English Usage, p.444.
    I don't find "Did you eat already?" at all acceptable.

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    Re: already in questions

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't find "Did you eat already?" at all acceptable.
    According to the author, this structure is used in AmE:

    In American English, it is also possible to use the simple past with indefinite past-time adverbs like already, yet, ever and before.

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    Re: already in questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    According to the author, this structure is used in AmE:

    In American English, it is also possible to use the simple past with indefinite past-time adverbs like already, yet, ever and before.
    It's not acceptable in BrE.

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    Re: already in questions

    Haven't we already covered this?

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