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Yet & still

Post by Mohammad Ahmad on Sun May 27, 2018 3:29 pm

Yet and still – comparison study
Both of them are adverbs of time
Yet is an adverb normally is placed after verb or after verb + object:
He hasn't finished (his breakfast) yet. (Usually at the end of the sentence)
But if the object consists of a large number of words, yet can be placed before or after the verb:
He hasn 't yet applied/applied yet for the job we told him about.
Still is an adverb normally is placed after the verb (be) but before other verbs:
She is still in bed.
(Yet) it means 'up to the time of speaking'. It is chiefly used with the negative or interrogative.
(Still) it emphasizes that the action continues. It is chiefly used with the affirmative or interrogative, but it can be used with the negative to emphasize the continuance of a negative action:
He still doesn't understand.
(The negative action of understanding continues.)
He doesn't understand yet. (The positive action of 'understanding' hasn't yet started.)
When stressed, still and yet express surprise, irritation or impatience. Both words can also be conjunctions.
Still and yet can be adverbs of time
The children are still up. They haven't had supper yet.
Still and yet (conjunct) come at the beginning of clauses.
(Still) means 'admitting that/nevertheless'.
(Yet) it means 'in spite of that/all the same/nevertheless'.
You aren't rich; still, you could do something to help him. They are ugly and expensive; yet people buy them.
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STILL \ yet –study 2
Still is used to say an action or situation continues to the present because it has not finished.
It often refers to something happening for longer than expected.
Notice the position of still before the verb or adjective.
• My grandfather is sixty-nine and he still works every day at the kiosk he owns.
• Do you still live with your parents?
• It is 8pm, and I can't leave the office because I still have a work to do.
• Are you still angry with your partner?
• He is still asleep so don't wake him up.
If the verb has two parts, still goes between both the verbs:
• She started her exam an hour ago and she is still answering the questions.
• Is it still snowing? (= it continues to snow, it hasn't stopped)
• When I went to bed, Angelica was still working.
But if one of the two verbs is negative, still goes before that negative verb:
• Lucy has stopped smoking but her brother still hasn't quit.
• I took the clock to the repair shop though it still isn't working.
YET
(Yet) is an adverb refers to an action that is expected in the future. It is not used in the past.
To ask if something expected has happened. It is usually placed at the end of the sentence or question.
• Are we there yet? (A typical question kids ask while taking car trips with their parents)
• Is the report ready yet?
• Hasn't your mother told you yet? We're moving to Alaska!
To say that something expected hasn't happened:
• Mary can't go home yet, she hasn't finished her work.
• They haven't paid me yet. (I was expecting to paid before now.)
• My parents haven't kicked me out of their house yet.
(Yet) occasionally is used in affirmative sentences, giving the sentences a similar meaning as the use of still. Note that this is more formal and not common.
• We have yet to hear the big news from Aunt Martha.
= We are still waiting to hear the big news from Aunt Martha.
Often, we use still and yet together to explain why an action is continuing.
• I am still studying at the university because I haven’t graduated yet.
• We still don’t know who will be our new boss. The owners haven’t told us yet.
• I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to quit my job to go travel. I’m still thinking about it.
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Study - 3
(Yet) in the beginning of sentence:
Yet he came late. (Here negative action implies that he is usually not present like others)
Chosen examples from Wolf-Martin and Tolkien
• Yet who could have said what it meant?
• Yet how strange that Gunnie should sail the empty seas of time to become Burgundofara again.
• Yet the Lord of Gondor is not to be made the tool of other men’s purposes, however worthy.
• Yet, Master Peregrin, to be only a man of arms of the Guard of the Tower of Gondor is held worthy in the City, and such men have honour in the land.
• Yet, maybe, he would not have done so, and the journey of Boromir was doomed.
• Yet the slowness of my fall did nothing to allay the terror I felt in falling.
• Yet there is a way.
• Yet the anima will not be erased in you by that writing.
• Yet, though before all was won the Battle of Five Armies was fought, and Thorin was slain, and many deeds of renown were done, the matter would scarcely have concerned later history, or earned more than a note in the long annals of the Third Age, but for an ‘accident’ by the way.
• Yet I stood, as it were, at the bottom of a bowl.
• Yet I will wed with the White Lady of Rohan, if it be her will.
• Yet none were mine.
• Yet you comfort me.
• Yet it seems to me upon reflection to be not so strange after all.
• Yet sometimes, particularly in the sleepy hours around noon, there was little to watch.
• Yet, though you fight upon an alien field, the glory that you reap there shall be your own for ever.
• Yet I also knew there was truth in it, that it was a proximity in time I felt.
• Yet no attack came.
• Yet leaving aside all these chance associations, the rain might be a blessing indeed

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