What adverb can I use in sentence which is in the past simple when I cannot use the adverb already? I mean, of course British English. What do different adverbs have the same meaning as the adverb already?

Thanks for help.

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    Any examples of what you wish to say? Maybe by then or by that time or maybe even "yet"? – SovereignSun May 3 '17 at 11:06
  • What do you mean, "cannot use the adverb already"? – Tᴚoɯɐuo May 4 '17 at 14:50
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo I mean this link. – Ľubomír Masarovič May 6 '17 at 10:31
  • That link does not help me understand your use of the word cannot. Are you saying that someone has given you an exercise where you must find an alternative for already? Or are you saying that you believe already would be ungrammatical with the past simple? – Tᴚoɯɐuo May 6 '17 at 12:29
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    If you mean that it would be ungrammatical to use already with the past tense, that is not quite correct. You can do so. Some native speakers would say "I have already been there" while others would say "I already went there". or I have already done it vs. I already did it. – Tᴚoɯɐuo May 10 '17 at 11:40

There is nothing wrong with using already in any tense. At all. So I'm not sure what the 'scenario' behind this question is.

However, you can always look up already in a thesaurus and you get some alternatives. As usual for thesaurus alternatives, they won't all work in every case where you might use already, but they do convey some similar sense. For example by that time means that whatever it was, was done before that time (if not necessarily long before***. Previously means the action was done at some preceding time. There are quite a lot to choose from.

The comments that were posted soon after the question have already1 covered some of this ground, but without clarification there's not much more I can do.

1: see what I did there?

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