Level: beginner


We use still to show that something continues up to a time in the past, present or future. It goes in front of the main verb:

Even when my father was 65, he still enjoyed playing tennis.
It's past midnight but she's still doing her homework.
I won't be at work next week. We'll still be on holiday.

or after the present simple or past simple of be:

Her grandfather has been very ill, but he is still alive.
We tried to help them, but they were still unhappy.

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We use no longer to show the idea of something stopping in the past, present or future. It goes in front of the main verb:

At that moment, I realised that I no longer loved him.
We no longer live in England. We've moved to France.
From midnight tonight, Mr Jones will no longer be the president.

or after the present simple or past simple of be:

Sadly, Andrew and Bradley are no longer friends. They had an argument.
It was no longer safe to stay in the country. We had to leave immediately.

In a negative sentence, we use any longer or any more. It goes at the end of the sentence:

We don't live in England any longer.
It wasn't safe to stay in the country any more.

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We use already to show that something has happened sooner than it was expected to happen. It goes in front of the main verb:

The car is OK. I've already fixed it.
It was early but they were already sleeping.

or after the present simple or past simple of be:

It was early but we were already tired.
We are already late.

Sometimes already comes at the end of the sentence for emphasis:

It's very early but they are sleeping already.
It was early but we were tired already.
When we got there, most people had arrived already.


We use yet in a negative or interrogative clause, usually with perfective aspect (especially in British English), to show that something has not happened by a particular time. yet comes at the end of a sentence:

It was late, but they hadn't arrived yet.
Have you fixed the car yet?
She won't have sent the email yet.

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Dear Kirk and Peter, could you please say weather or not 'This project is worked on by him already' is correct?

Hello gerol2000,

In terms of grammar, the sentence is correct. However, the sentence does not seem a natural sentence to me. I cannot think of a context in which we would use passive voice.



The LearnEnglish Team

Someone was considered to work on the project but, as far as I know, yet haven't not been able to start for some reasons, I say to the chairman: I would work on this project, He answers unexpectedly: The project is already worked on by him.

What do you think of the above?

Hello gerol2000,

As I said earlier, though the sentence is not incorrect grammatically, it sounds highly unnatural. We would use an active form here, not passive: Somebody is already working on the project.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, will you please make it clear if in 'With this behaviour that appears rehearsed, yet long forgotten, he never hits his marks', 'yet long forgotten' means 'but', 'so far', 'already' or 'not quite'?
I would rather think that 'but' or 'however' is what is meant. Am I right?
Best Regrads, Oleg

Hi Oleg

The full context is important in most any sentence, but yes, 'yet' appears to mean 'but' there.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Many thanks, Kirk.

Dear teachers,
First of all, I want to say Happy New Year to you. Hope u have a blessful year.
btw, I just want to ask how to use "yet" as a conjunction?
I once made this sentence in my essay : "These measures are thought to be less expensive yet effectively provide a direct benefit for...."
A friend of mine said that it is false and he suggested me adding "can" after the "yet": "....less expensive yet can effectively provide..."

Is it true that my original sentence was false? why does adding" can" help correct it?
Thank you

Hi jiyi

There's a useful explanation of how to use 'yet' as a conjunction on this archived BBC World Service page that I'd suggest you take a look at.

You could add 'can', as your friend says, but in my opinion it doesn't make a big difference. If I were writing the sentence you mention and I wanted to use 'yet', I'd probably say something like 'These measures are thought to be less expensive and yet directly benefit the villagers'. Or a version I like even better is 'Despite their lower cost, these measures directly benefit the villagers'.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there,
Consider this "I will still be practicing law." Now we use still word after "be verb" but this seems a special scenario, and why "I'll still practicing law" is not correct? please explain.