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You use already to say that something has happened before now, or that it has happened sooner than expected. When referring to an action, most speakers of British English use a perfect form with already. They put already after have, has, or had, or at the end of a clause.
Many speakers of American English, and some speakers of British English, use the past simple instead of the present perfect. For example, instead of saying 'I have already met him', they say 'I already met him' or 'I met him already'.
Already is also used to say that a situation exists at an earlier time than expected.
If there is no auxiliary verb, you put already in front of the verb, unless the verb is be.
If the verb is be, you put already after it.
If there is an auxiliary verb, you put already after the auxiliary verb.
If there is more than one auxiliary verb, you put already after the first one.
You can put already at the beginning of a sentence for emphasis.
|Adv.||1.||already - prior to a specified or implied time; "she has already graduated"|