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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

Thank you, Peter

Hi Dear,
I have a little trouble with "yet". According our site, "yet" comes at the end of the sentence, but I've read somethings like: I'm not yet born, or I am not a girl, not yet a woman. Can you tell me why? I think that "yet" only comes at the end of the sentence in the present perfect tense. But I'm not sure.

Hi danhuyenphan,

The most common position for 'yet' is at the end of the sentence and this is a good rule of thumb, but other positions are possible if we want to change the emphasis in the sentence, including with the present perfect:

I haven't been there yet.

I haven't yet been there.

I hope this clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish

Thank you so much, Peter.

i just start learning english

Hello bambang pamungkas,

Welcome to LearnEnglish - you've found a great resource for learning English! I'd suggest that you look at all the different sections of the site and then just start working on whatever pages you find useful.

And whenever you have a question, please let us know.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

jakce killed her mother because her mother did not like she married with gardner...........this sentences is true?
 

Hello farya,

I'm afraid I'm not sure that if I understand your question correctly.  Are you asking if the sentence is correct (grammatically, for example)?  Or are you asking if it makes sense logically, or if the information in it is true?  Could you clarify please?

I also have one more request.  It's important that comments are made on the appropriate page so that we can see why you are asking your question and so that the comments can be seen by other users who are learning similar things as you.  This page is about 'already, still, yet and no longer', none of which are in your sentence, so please repost the question on a relevant page, making it a little clearer when you do.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I'm a bit confused. Why we use "is, are, am" before the word "Just"? Example:
Mike’s just called.
He's just bought a car.
I always thought that it was Mike just called or he just bought a car. Why the "is or are or am between the noun or pronoun and the verb?

Hello Pampita,

Your confusion comes from a different issue, I think!  In the sentences you provide, there is no 'is' at all; the 's is a contracted form of 'has':

Mike’s just called. = Mike has just called.

He's just bought a car. = He has just bought a car.

Both of these are examples of the present perfect form, which is commonly used with words relating to recent past such as 'just', 'already' and 'yet'.  You can find more information on the present perfect here and information on the perfective aspect here.

I hope that answers your question.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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