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adverb already pronunciation in British English /ɔːlˈredi/

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  1. 1
    used for saying that something has happened before now or before another point in time

    He’s only 24, but he’s already achieved worldwide fame.

    The gang leader had already left the country.

    Put your wallet away. I’ve already paid for everything.

  2. 2
    used for saying that a situation has started to exist and still continues

    By the time the doctor arrived, I was already beginning to feel better.

    Why waste time telling people things that they already know?

  3. 3
    sooner than you were expecting

    Are you tired already? I don’t believe it!

    Is it twelve o’clock already?

  4. 4
    if you say that a bad situation exists already, you mean that you do not want it to get any worse

    Look, I already have enough problems as it is.

    We must hurry – we’re twenty minutes late already.


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