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    Already present tense

    I am hoping that she gets here already.

    Can I use already with am hoping?

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    Re: Already present tense

    https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dic...nglish/already

    Already here means losing patience or even by now
    Last edited by hatgray; 30-Oct-2017 at 12:33.

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    Re: Already present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dic...nglish/already

    Already here means "losing patience" or "by now."
    The "by now" definition doesn't make sense in your example.

    The "losing patience" might, sort of, but we don't use it that way. It's not natural. These are natural:

    - Alright, already! I heard you the first time!
    - You've been practicing drums all afternoon. Enough, already!
    - The light is green. So go, already!

    I don't know whether it's used that way in the UK, but it is in many parts of the US.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 30-Oct-2017 at 12:46.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Already present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    The "by now" definition doesn't make sense in your example.

    The "losing patience" might, sort of, but we don't use it that way. It's not natural. These are natural:

    - Alright, already! I heard you the first time!
    - You've been practicing drums all afternoon. Enough, already!
    - The light is green. So go, already!

    I don't know whether it's used that way in the UK, but it is in many parts of the US.
    Can I say, “I have been hoping she gets here already! What’s taking so long?”

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    Re: Already present tense

    What about

    I have been hoping she gets here. What’s taking so long?

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    Re: Already present tense

    No.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Already present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    What about

    I have been hoping she gets here. What’s taking so long?
    No. You can say I've been hoping she'd get here ["she would get here"].
    I am not a teacher.

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