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'still' and 'no longer', 'already' and 'yet'

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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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Comments

Hello Paul Cho,

As I said in the previous reply, the difference between the sentences is the connotation. Both sentences ask about the same situation, but while one ('already') is used for something quicker than expected, the other ('yet') is used with a more neutral meaning.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

could we use (yet) in one sentence which is negative and question at the same time. like :
Haven't you finished yet?
is it correct ?

Hello korejar,

Yes, that is perfectly fine.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello your teachings are quite helpful. thank you a lot. i am quite confused with the phrases "it's time" and "it's high time" someone told me that the first one is for past tenses and i'm trying to understand but i cannot perfectly understand how they can be used. May please you please explain

may you please help me differentiate these phrases : "it's high time" and "it's time"

Hi
It is stated above that 'already' comes before the main verb. But question 5 above, the answer shows that it is at the end of the clause. Have you finished the book already? can it be like the following sentence? Have you already finished the book? Please tell me why it is at the end of the clause.

Hello grammar2015,

The position of the adverb is quite flexible. It can come at the end, as in the example you quote, or before the main verb. It cannot come after the main verb, however:

Have you finished the book already? [at the end = OK]

Have you already finished the book? [before the main verb = OK]

Have you finished already the book? [after the main verb = not OK]

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I liked this explanation, so that I can know use them correctly!

Hi, What does the sentence mean "Malaysian plane yet to be found"? Does it mean the plane haven't found? If so, then why did they not use any negative words with yet? I've also read a newspaper title like "The result yet to be published''. Thanks in advance.

 

Hi Shikkharthi,

In any language there are alternative ways of saying things. As you suggest, 'yet to be + past participle' means the same as 'has not yet been + past participle':

The plane has yet to be found.

The plane has not yet been found.

The difference is really a question of style: 'yet to be' is a more formal way to phrase this. It is quite common in official language, such as from governments, authorities and also newspapers.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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