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    already/yet

    HI

    I'd like to ask about this sentence: Shall I tell Joe what happened or does he already know?

    I know that in questions and negative sentences we use "yet,"; the sentence above is a question, so why "already"?


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    Re: already/yet

    Maybe your grammar book gave a general rule that in questions you should use yet; however, we often use already in a question.

    Sometimes already shows that you didn't expect something or that you are surprised:

    a. You don't need to talk to him.
    b. Why? Have you already spoken to him? (Here, you cannot use yet.)

    Have you already finished? (I thought you would need more time.)
    Have you finished yet? (I just want to know if you are finished.)

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    Re: already/yet

    Hi

    The book said that we can use "already" to say that something happened sooner than expected, but didn't say we can use it in questions.

    take care

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    Re: already/yet

    Quote Originally Posted by vivemafille View Post
    Maybe your grammar book gave a general rule that in questions you should use yet; however, we often use already in a question.

    Sometimes already shows that you didn't expect something or that you are surprised:

    a. You don't need to talk to him.
    b. Why? Have you already spoken to him? (Here, you cannot use yet.)

    Have you already finished? (I thought you would need more time.)
    Have you finished yet? (I just want to know if you are finished.)
    Hi, I agree with you absolutely. I would just add one thing, for information only, in 17th and 18th century English it was common to use "yet" in that way, for example; "Have you yet met my brother?"

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    Re: already/yet

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would just add one thing, for information only, in 17th and 18th century English it was common to use "yet" in that way, for example; "Have you yet met my brother?"
    So, maybe it's also correct nowadays

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