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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

Would u pls advise if it is wrong or correct that I saw a clause on the newspaper "Whatsapp blocked yet again in Brazil after legal dispute.

Hello david671023,

That sentence would need a few small changes to be completely correct:

Whatsapp has been blocked yet again in Brazil after a legal dispute

However, in newspaper headlines certain words are often omitted, such as articles and auxiliary verbs. Therefore, in the context of a newspaper headline the sentence would be fine; if you were using it elsewhere then it would be changed as above.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Can u pls tell me what is correct between these two:

1.) I am not yet part of the group.
2.) I am not part of the group yet.

Thank u

Hello chopsticks,

There is no difference in meaning between these two sentences. 'yet' in middle position (as in 1) is not used as often in informal situations, but that's the only difference I can think of to mention.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

what does it means exactly "I am beginning already to suspect..."? means I suspect before? from now to future? or what? thank you.

Hello HomaT,

It means that right now you are beginning to suspect or that your suspicions began just a short time ago.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

What about those afirmative sentences with YET? Is there any rule/comments?

Kind regards,
Fabrício

Hello Fabrício,

'yet' isn't typically used in affirmative sentences in an informal style, but you can find it in a more formal style. This is explained in a bit more detail on this archived BBC page, which I think you might find useful.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hai, "a student lost in a world of stupid systems, yet finds solace in his books" is this grammatically right?!
Thank u :)

Hello Ahmedkhairy,

The phrase you ask about makes sense and is quite expressive, though by itself it's not a complete sentence. What is the larger context (i.e. what comes before and after it)?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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