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joham

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