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    #1

    don't already know

    This sentence is taken from L. G. Alexander's LONGMAN ENGLISH GRAMMAR: (from 11.15 of the book)

    He can't have told you anything I don't already know.

    I wonder why Alexander doesn't use 'yet' but 'already' in this negative sentence.

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me?

    Thank you very much.

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    #2

    Re: don't already know

    It is because he already knows more than the person referred to.

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