The present perfect is better, but you will see the simple past used in AmE.
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Hello. We are discussing this question.
- "Let's go to the new movie downtown". "Thanks, I .......................(see) it already."
a- "Let's go to the new movie downtown". "Thanks, I have seen it already."(I wrote)
b- "Let's go to the new movie downtown". "Thanks, I saw it already."(My friend, a Vietnamese American, wrote)
And he also said "This is due to a difference between American English and British English."
Is the past simple tense often used with already in American English, please?
In British English, the present perfect would be much more common there. However, the past simple doesn't sound wrong to me.
Please note that a better title would have been I have seen it/I saw it.
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