I have such a rule in my head that if we have "already", "still" or "yet" I am obliged to use Perfect Tenses.

But can these words be used in Past Simple?

I already finished the work (some time in Past, not now)

I didn't learn English yet (some time in Past, not now)

I was still learning English.

And difference will be with:

I had already finished the work

I hadn't learned English yet

I had been still learning English

  • You have placed some of those adverbs incorrectly. You might want to correct those first. – Lambie Oct 8 at 13:17
  • The question is not specific.It is difficult to answer when the question is not clear – successive suspension Oct 8 at 13:43

I already finished the work I didn't learn English yet.

In British English (BE), It would be I have already finished work I have not learnt English yet.

But in American English(AE) they use already, yet with past tense so the below sentence is correct. **I already finished the work **.

  • No, you didn't understand. I dint want to link it to present. For better understanding we can add "yesterday." "Yesterday I already finished the work I didn't learn English yet". What do you think about it? – Michael Azarenko Apr 24 at 7:21
  • you said that you didn't want to link it to present but when you use "yet" then It has already been connected to Present. So "I didn't learn English yet" does not make sense.You should say "I haven't learnt English Yet" OR simply write " I didn't learn English" – sudip ranabhat Apr 26 at 2:30
  • using "yet" should always go with Perfect? – Michael Azarenko Apr 26 at 15:01
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    This AmE/BrE thing is not right. To be strictly standard, AmE requires present perfect too. – Lambie Oct 8 at 13:08
  • Then why do Americans often use Past Simple with "already", "yet", "still" and so on if only Pefect tenses should be used with them? – Michael Azarenko Oct 8 at 14:02

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