But using more than is one of those little details that will help your writing shine. As a new blogger I am probably guilty of all of them. In present and present perfect questions, it comes immediately after the subject. Three adverbs that often cause difficulty are still, yet, and already. But in terms of the timeline, we should not expect much in terms of results until they get back to us. The purpose of communication is to convey meaning.
? You cannot just substitute one for the other whenever you feel like it and just add a comma. All of us can use a refresher course like this once in a while. I am in no way a professional writer, but I have my pet peeves. Please pick another username There is the added complicating factor that the prepositional phrase marking the agent makes the alternative wording very clumsy. What are your thoughts on avoiding contractions for a rather active non-English reader base? Including the word currently in your bio The word currently is virtually always redundant.
In American English, it is also possible to use already with the Simple Past. Like some of the other commentators, I work in a multi-lingual environment with English as the source language, and I think most of these tips can be transferred to other languages as well. Here the auxiliary have helps in the formation of the present perfect continuous tense. I have a feeling that someone, somewhere, has decided this is acceptable. In British English, already is normally used with a present perfect; American speakers often use it with a preterite.
Compare: D1 He's used the new machine for a year now; can he still remember how to use the old one? It has to do with something finished -- fulfilled expectations. Maybe your editor needs to loosen up a bit? I think those do actually introduce confusion, rather than just being differences of style. Is it a severe mistake? Because some has already done so, it should be emphasized that this email is only for those who have not sent their stuff yet. Too often, writers mix and match mistakes with what you should do or make transition to shoulds halfway through the post — which only confuses the reader. B is not drinking anything at the moment. This article's comments are closed. My rule: Writing needs time to marinate to be good.
B is not drinking anything at the moment. You have done a generous service to writers and editors everywhere! Have to Have got to Question -? Question Positive Statement spoken Negative Statement spoken Singular Do I have. D2 He's only lived here for a week: has he yet found out where the best pizzeria is? When everyone has finished, the students go through the combined items that would be on Mr. Contractions can also make your post easier to read and comprehend. We have been students for.
In real life I often hear people making questions using already instead of yet and not only in spoken english but also in newspapers,web sites,weblogs. Do you want to hear another, or have you already had un oeuf? Do you want to join Steven and I in the lounge? Your second source says that already may express surprise; it doesn't say that already must express surprise. Just, yet, still, already These words are often used with the present perfect tense although yet, still and already can all be used with other tenses. It functions in various ways. Yes, I finished it about five minutes ago. X I think we can find the documents yet. You have been a student for.
My pet peeves include some of yours, as well as the overuse of exclamation points. I have a quibble with your comma-with-which-as-a-descriptor example, however. Perhaps the grammar book should have said that a positive sentence must not use yet: I have already sent my documents. . It can refer to 1, or 25, or 1,000,000, or any other random number.
B has a cup of coffee right in front of him. However, earlier he drank some coffee and will probably drink some more soon. That is: Do we still need to fulfill expectations? Instead of starting a sentence with There is, try turning the phrase around to include a verb or start with you. And immediately notice more errors! No longer: No longer is the equivalent of still in negative contexts. In more conversational situations, only the stuffed shirts of the old guard academia would prefer icy phrasing to the warmth of familiar words.
That could be just what your readers want. So which sentence is correct? The cleaner the source, the better the target copy, I think. ? Have you called the garage yet? This username has already been taken by another user. Words are the tools we use to do that. The students are divided into pairs A and B and each student is given a corresponding part of the worksheet. In other words, write it quickly, edit it as stringently as you can, then let it sit. Past Perfect I had been a teacher for several years.