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Can someone clarify 已经?

Posted by xiaophil April 27, 2010 in the Group I Have a Question.

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Many of us have heard that 已经 and 了 go hand-in-hand.  But wait a second.  Which kind of 了?  Generally speaking, there are two kinds of 了s.  One is positioned behind a verb (but not a stative verb).  One is positioned at the end of the sentence.  So which kind of 了 goes with 已经.  Also, I looked around nciku and found examples without 了.  Can anyone tell me when 了 is not needed in an 已经 sentence?


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