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I know that we use "already" with present perfect tense. But I am asking myself whether we can use "already" with other tenses or not?
For example: I did it already.
Is this sentence grammatical or acceptable? If not, can one use this sentence in spoken English?
Many thanks in advance.
Just to elaborate on what bhaisahab has already said, it is worth noting that in British English one would more likely say "I have done it already" (alternatively "I have already done it"). I am not an authority on American English but have heard many Stateside friends use "I did it already" (particularly New Yorkers) in speech.
I don't know why but I have used "I did it already" instead of "I have done it already" for such a long time.
Can some native American say if "I did it already" is acceptable in AM English or not?
Last edited by hanky; 18-Jan-2009 at 21:08. Reason: typo
Is it possible to read "I didn't do it yet" ?
I've been told that it's common in the US to say "did" and "yet." I don't tend to use them together. I haven't done it yet.
On the other hand, "I already did" is perfectly normal here.
Mom, yelling from upstairs: Don't forget to feed the dog.
You, yelling back up: I did it an hour ago!
Mom: What do you mean you didn't know? I told you to do it an hour ago! Feed the damn dog!
You: Ma! I already did!
In the UK, if someone says "Don't forget to X" do you really ALWAYS say "I already have done"?
I didn't do it yet is more common in Canada than I have not done it.
The first indicates to me that he/she is rather impatient, and saying, o.k. I havent done it but will still do it.
The second has more finality indicated to me. I have not done it. Finished, does not show any plans to do it.
More editing. Another reason/way in which the already can be used is this: If I am asked "Are you doing that report for tomorrow?" I might answer, "I have done it already."
Last edited by Searching for language; 18-Jan-2009 at 19:27. Reason: More information