Meaning of ALREADY in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ɔ:lredi ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


You use already to show that something has happened, or that something had happened before the moment you are referring to. Speakers of British English use already with a verb in a perfect tense, putting it after ‘have’, ‘has’, or ‘had’, or at the end of a clause. Some speakers of American English use already with the simple past tense of the verb instead of a perfect tense.

They had already voted for him at the first ballot...

I already told you not to come over...

They’ve spent nearly a billion dollars on it already.

ADV : ADV before v , cl ADV


You use already to show that a situation exists at this present moment or that it exists at an earlier time than expected. You use already after the verb ‘be’ or an auxiliary verb, or before a verb if there is no auxiliary. When you want add emphasis, you can put already at the beginning of a sentence.

The authorities believe those security measures are already paying off...

He was already rich...

Get 10% off our already low prices!...

Already, he has a luxurious villa in Formello.

ADV : ADV before v , ADV with group

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