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    #1

    Have...ALREADY?

    Have you not already finished reading this book?
    Has Susan not already worked in this company for years?

    (1)Are the two sentences correct? My teacher said that “already” can only be used in an affirmative sentence, but I found some information in a grammar book. It says that the word already can be used in an interrogative or negative sentence to mean earlier than the time expected.
    E.g. Have you done it already?
    (2)Should I abbreviate "has/have and not" to "hasn't/haven't"?
    (3)Is it more common to abbreviate them?
    (4)What's the difference between the abbreviated form and the unabbreviated form?

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    #2

    Re: Have...ALREADY?

    [I have deleted the earlier thread. Thank you, Piscean.]

    The two original sentences sound good to me. I agree with the grammar book. (Please name the grammar book and its author.)

    (2),(3) and (4). The contractions (we don't call them 'abbreviations') may be used. They are equally common and don't affect the meaning.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-Jan-2016 at 09:33.

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    Re: Have...ALREADY?

    That grammar book is called 劉毅文法寶典(Treasury of English Grammar), published in Taiwan, and its author is 劉毅.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-Jan-2016 at 09:43. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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