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still

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.

no longer

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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already

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.

yet

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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Hello.
Could you tell me please what is the difference between sentences "Have you fixed the car yet?" and "Have you finished that book already?"? As for me, they are identical. So why in the first sentence "yet" is used but in the second: "already"?

Hello msrom,

'Already' here carries a sense of the action being done earlier than expected. We might say this when we are surprised that it has been done so quickly or so soon.

'Yet' does not have this meaning. Depending on the context it could be neutral (just a question) or it could even suggest that we are a little impatient.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks, Peter for your explanation.

Hi Team ,
Sorry for my incorrect question! I think in " They have not found the cure for AIDS yet." the meaning is they have tried many times but it is unsuccessfully. Does " They have not yet found the cure for AIDS. " mean the same or different?
Thank you a lot.

Hello Tanya Peneva,

Both sentences have the same meaning. It may be that many unsuccessful attempts have been made, or it may be that there have been no attempts - it is not clear from the sentence itself, though it may be from the context. For example, I could say:

Humanity has not yet walked on Mars

or

Humanity has not walked on Mars yet

There has been no attempt to send people to Mars so far.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi ,there! Why in " They have not yet found the cure for AIDS?" , "yet " is before" found" not after " AIDS"? THANKS!

Hi Tanya Peneva,

The position of 'yet' in this sentence is flexible. As an adverb, it can be placed before the verb and it can also come at the end of the sentence. Another word similar to this is 'already':

They have not yet found the cure for AIDS.

They have not found the cure for AIDS yet.

They have already found the cure for many diseases.

They have found the cure for many diseases already.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Are these corect sentences:
Sam has already heard the news and he is really shocked.
I have just finished my homework.
Thanks in advance.

Hello Fouad,

Yes, they are both grammatically correct. Good work!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there,
"yet" is always used in negative or interrogative form, isn't it?
As the following example "have yet to" is negative form?
"Welcome to Japan, where science fiction may begin to trump economic fact in ways the global audience has yet to realize."
Does its meaning change if it is rewritten: ".....has not yet to realize"?
Many thanks!

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