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Postby Cosmos » Fri Oct 15, 2004 1:10 pm

Hello, teacher!

Are both natural and common?

1. When I went there again, the new building had already been built.
2. When I went there again, the new building had been built already.

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Postby Alan » Sat Oct 16, 2004 5:37 am

Only #1 is natural as standard English.

(The second sounds like New York (quasi-Yiddish?) dialect, where an expletive 'already' is placed at the end of a sentence simply for emphasis!)

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