She's already ensconced in her new job.

"Has already" is a familiar structure to me, while in this sentence, knowing that "ensconce" is a transitive verb, which means that "she" is definitely its object, "is already" turns out to be the appropriate answer. It is the first time I have come across a problem like this and I wonder what exactly "is already" is trying to convey. Does it express the same meaning as "have/has been doing something"?

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    I'm unclear what the ambiguity is. Do you think it might be, "She has already ensconced in her new job"? That's ungrammatical because, as you've already mentioned, "ensconce" is a transitive verb. Feel free to edit your question to include what you see as the other possibility(-ies).
    – gotube
    Apr 3, 2022 at 4:27
  • "is already" here mostly just means that she took a short time to adjust to her new job.
    – L. B.
    May 3, 2022 at 19:25

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She's already ensconced in her new job.

Cambridge Dictionary defines ensconced and gives a similar example.

adjective [ after verb ] literary

positioned safely or comfortably somewhere: He is now firmly ensconced in his new home.

Your example uses this adjective form and means she is already positioned comfortably in her new job.

She is already ensconced in her new job.

ensconce, as a verb, is defined in Cambridge Dictionary as follows.

ensconce yourself

to make yourself very comfortable or safe in a place or position: After dinner, I ensconced myself in an armchair with a book.

To use this definition, we could say

She has already ensconced herself in her new job.


A think it depends on context where it's used. If someone pushed he, an answer is "she is encountered". If she moved herself, she "has encountered"

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