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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

which is more correct to say when some one asked you about something and you are still thinking about it is it to say '' i still think '' or to say " i am still thinking "

Hello mahmoud solyman,

The continuous form ('I am still thinking') is correct in this case as it shows you are in the process of thinking at the moment of speaking. The simple form ('I still think') would suggest a more general habit - something you do frequently rather than just at this moment.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
In the exercise "Adverbials - still, already, yet" I do not unterstand the position of "already" in the last sentence: "Have you finished that book already? (...)." I thought already is either in front of the main verb or after a form of "be". Is the position at the end of the clause used to accentuate "already"?

Hello Gaja,

The position of some words in English is quite flexible, and this is an example of that. We can say:

Have you already finished that book?

or

Have you finished that book already?

I wouldn't say that either of these particularly emphasises 'already'; pronunciation (stress and intonation) would be much more important for this.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Good afternoon Admins
I am testing my English myself by doing Grammar Excercise. But I find a problem in this section. I think it is a technical issue. It can be discribed like below:

After finishing excercise of Already, still, yet, I want to return to page 4 of Gramma Excercise by clicking on return button on the computer's screen. But it turn to page 1, not to page 4. Therefore I have to click on Next button to move to page 2, then page 3, page 4. It take a lot of time. Please resolve it as soon as possible.

Thank you very much.

Hello vanviethp,

When you say "page 4", do you mean the already, yet, still and no longer page? That's what I understand, but I'm not sure if that's what you mean. If that's what you mean, why don't you just move up the page to see the explanation again? If you want to repeat the exercise, you can press the Reset button.

I would also suggest using the navigation menu on the top right of the page. There you can move between the different sections and pages of the English Grammar section more efficiently than by using your browser's buttons.

Please let us know if this doesn't help you.

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi vanviethp,

I see what you mean now. The problem is that the Grammar Exercises are organised alphabetically and are not really intended to be completed in order. The English Grammar section, which has all of the Grammar Exercises in it, along with explanations of the grammar, is ordered more logically in terms of content. The tree below shows you, for example, where the just, yet, still and already page is located:

  •     Pronouns
  •     Determiners and quantifiers
  •     Possessives
  •     Adjectives
  •     Adverbials
    •         how we make adverbials
    •         where they go in a sentence
    •         adverbs of manner
    •         adverbials of place
    •         adverbials of time
      •             time and dates
      •             how long
      •             how often
      •             already, still, yet and no longer
    •         adverbials of probability
    •         comparative adverbs
    •         superlative adverbs  
  •     Nouns
  •     Verbs
  •     Clause, phrase and sentence

As I see it, you have two options:

  1. follow the organisation of the English Grammar section, which is more logical
  2. follow the organisation of the Grammar Exercises section, but in this case, the navigation is more difficult. If you have a browser which has multiple tabs, you could open pages with exercises in new tabs. This is not ideal, but I think it could work for you and is the best solution I can think of.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello.
Could you tell me what "perfective aspect" means?

Hello Lkea,

Perfective refers to one of the three main characteristics which we use to describe different English verb forms:

  • time or tense (past, present, future)
  • aspect (simple, continuous, perfective)
  • voice (active, passive)

You can find out more about the perfective, as well as some practice exercises, on this page.  You might also find it useful to look at different perfective forms: the present perfect, the past perfect and the future perfect.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Peter

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