already

English grammar questions, answered by Alan

Moderator: Alan

Post Reply
Cosmos
Gold Member
Posts: 126
Joined: Sat Sep 25, 2004 4:53 am

already

Post by 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.

Thank you very much.

User avatar
Alan
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
Posts: 12886
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Status: English Teacher
Location: Japan

Post by 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!)

Post Reply