Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?
Is the word order in both these sentences correct:
a) "He is ALREADY an inspiration."
b) "He is an inspiration ALREADY."
- DaveLv 73 weeks ago
Both of these are acceptable and correct in colloquial American English.Source(s): native AmE
- AmulyaPLv 53 weeks ago
If we want to emphasize that a situation exists, rather than not yet having occurred, we use " already ".It is usually placed in front of any simple verb except " be ", or after " be " as a main verb, or following an auxiliary verb. "Already" is not used with the simple past tense, except with the verbs, " be ", " have ", and " know ".
Both sentences are correct.
- choko_canyonLv 73 weeks ago
Yes, both sentences are correct.
- John PLv 73 weeks ago
Form A is the normal form in British English.
B might be found in parts of the USA, especially among people of recent Jewish ancestry, and in New York, as in "Enough, already." Putting 'already' frequently at the end of a sentence used to be a standard theatrical way of indicating Jewish origin in comedy, possibly somewhat frowned on in modern times.
Await answers from Americans about form B.
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- CogitoLv 73 weeks ago
Grammatically, they're both fine.
But be careful using the word 'already'. It has different meanings in different English-speaking countries. In the UK it implies that something has happened sooner than expected. I believe that it is more commonly used in the USA and either has no particular meaning or implication or means that something has been done quickly.
- 3 weeks ago
"He is surely an inspiration" "He is truly an inspiration" "He has become an inspiration"
- Incorrect AnswerLv 63 weeks ago
Why do you think it's funny to post two alternatives that are both acceptable? Every day? Stop now, we get it, some idiots pretend you said something incorrectly when you didn't!
- OnlookerLv 73 weeks ago
Yes, but (a) sounds a little more natural in this case.
- geezerLv 73 weeks ago
Both are 'correct' .. but the first one is the one that would be used.