「already」の使い方, part 2

The other day I said I would tell you more about "already". Remember that "already" is an adverb. Dictionary.com gives two meanings:
  • by this or that time; previously; prior to or at some specified or implied time: When we came in, we found they had already arrived.
  • now; so soon; so early: Is it noon already?
Check the previous article and see which meaning of "already" is being used in each case.

I often use "already" when something is complete contrary to expectations.
  • contrary to ~に反して・Contrary to my expectation, I couldn't win the first prize. : 期待に反して、私は優勝を逃しました。(definition and example from Eijiro on the Web)
I've already told you about the photo above. It's the airplane plant with a shoot that is bowed because of the weight of that new plant growing at the end of it.

I'm not sure what to do about the spider plant ("spider plant" is another name for "airplane plant"). It is growing so strongly that I'm running out of space. It's roots have already started coming out of the bottom of the pot!


Spring is over already? 「already」の使い方, part 1

I can't believe spring is over already. It seems like it was winter just a few days ago. I suppose that technically spring isn't over until the summer solstice, and that is just under one month away.
  • summer solstice《the ~》夏至 (definition from Eijiro on the Web)
However, it feels like spring is over. I'm already wearing shorts almost every day.

You can tell that I am behind because there haven't been any posts since April 9. I feel I just blinked my eyes, yet seven weeks have already passed.

I took this picture a few weeks ago, but that new plant at the end of the shoot is already too heavy for the shoot, so it's bowed down towards the floor now.
  • shoot《植物》〔種子から発芽した〕、芽《植物》若枝、新芽 (definition from Eijiro on the Web)
  • bowed【形】弓(bow)のように曲がった、頭を下げた (definition from Eijiro on the Web)
More about the grammar of "already" in the next post.