LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||18/ABR/2006 9:49 PM|
|Assunto:||Already antes de verbo ou fim de frases!?|
"Geez, you back home already? What the hell happened, did someone chase you? -- You look frightened. I can hear your pulse racing. Your lungs breathing short and hard. (Someone--perhaps Márcio--must have given you a bit of trouble, mustn't he?"
"Already," says Mr. Swan's Practical English Usage manual, "suggests that things have happened earlier than expected, or earlier than they might have happened."
"You finished already? Good Heavens!"
Usually you put already with the verb, in "mid-position." You can also put it at the end of the sentence, for emphasis (see above).
"Juquinha's already finished his homework." (Sooner than expected.)
"Omigosh! Juquinha's finished already! Attaboy!" (Emphasizing surprise.)
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