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I always have problem using the word already, or simply have trouble with tenses; in the first place, is the sentence in the question correct? secondly, when should we use already, can we use it in present tense?

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Your sentence is correct as it stands. "Already" can be used with the present tense:

I am already in London.

I already play tennis, so I'd like to learn squash.

You could consider using the present perfect in your example:

You have to choose an hour that hasn't already been taken by someone else.

  • 'Is not already taken' sounds a bit odd to me, and as you suggested 'hasn't already been taken' sounds better. – Angyang Jun 15 at 23:12
  • They're both correct and sound natural. Once the hour has been taken, it then is taken - that is, in the state of having been taken. – Ethan B. Jun 16 at 7:59

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