Already / Yet

Express opinion on whether an activity is timely

Waiting for the bus
 

 

Present Perfect — occurring earlier or later than expected

ALREADY

Already is used to express that an action or activity has occurred earlier than expected.

The bus has already been here. (It came early and left.)

The others have left already.(They came early and left.)

YET

Action or activity occurred later than expected.

The bus hasn't come yet. (It's late and I am still waiting.)

The others haven't left yet. (We expected them  to leave by now.)

 

timely (adj.) — occurring at a suitable time; well-timed; done or happening at exactly the right time

 

 

 

 

 

Already / Yet

Sentence Position

 

 

 

STATEMENT NEGATIVE QUESTION

A positive statement with already places emphasis on early completion of an activity or event. It may also express pride.

A negative statement with yet places emphasis on late completion of an activity or event. It may also express regret.

A question with already expresses optimism that work might be completed early. A question with yet expresses pessimism that work might be completed late.

We have already finished the work.

We have finished the work already.

We haven't finished the work already. (incorrect)

Have you finished the work already? (I think you have.)

We have finished the work yet(incorrect)

We haven't yet finished the work.

We haven't finished the work yet.

Have you finished the work yet? (I don't think you have.)

optimism (n) – a tendency to believe that good things will always happen
pessimism (n) – a tendency to believe that bad things will always happen    

 

 

 

Sentence Position – already / yet

MEDIAL FINAL

We have already finished the work. 

We have finished the work already.

We haven't yet finished the work. less commonly used

We haven't finished the work yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 1

Expecting a Baby

a pregnant woman
 

 

Complete the sentence.

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. 
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "Check 1-10" button at the bottom, or click the check button to the left  as you go.

 

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