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:

The children still enjoyed playing games.
They are still living next door.
We will still be on holiday.

… or after the present simple or the past simple of be:

Her grandfather is still alive.
They were still unhappy.

We use already to show that something has happened sooner than it was expected to happen. Like still, it comes before 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 the verb be:

It was early but we were already tired.
We are already late.

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 the 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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Dear teachers,
First of all, I want to say Happy New Year to you. Hope u have a blessful year.
btw, I just want to ask how to use "yet" as a conjunction?
I once made this sentence in my essay : "These measures are thought to be less expensive yet effectively provide a direct benefit for...."
A friend of mine said that it is false and he suggested me adding "can" after the "yet": "....less expensive yet can effectively provide..."

Is it true that my original sentence was false? why does adding" can" help correct it?
Thank you

Hi jiyi

There's a useful explanation of how to use 'yet' as a conjunction on this archived BBC World Service page that I'd suggest you take a look at.

You could add 'can', as your friend says, but in my opinion it doesn't make a big difference. If I were writing the sentence you mention and I wanted to use 'yet', I'd probably say something like 'These measures are thought to be less expensive and yet directly benefit the villagers'. Or a version I like even better is 'Despite their lower cost, these measures directly benefit the villagers'.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there,
Consider this "I will still be practicing law." Now we use still word after "be verb" but this seems a special scenario, and why "I'll still practicing law" is not correct? please explain.
Thanks
Sajad.

Hello Sajad,

'I'll still practising law' is not correct -- the word 'be' cannot be omitted. This is a future continuous form and 'still' indicates that this person's practice of the law will continue at that point in time. Many adverbs go between the auxiliary verb (in this case, 'will') and the main verb form (in this case 'be practising').

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear team :
am a little confused about the difference between with the 5th and 4th question ,can i change the answer about them ?

Hello jiaojiaopeter,

In questions, we can use both already and yet to express surprise, but we use the former with positive verb forms and the latter with negative. For example:

Has she arrived already? I didn't expect that.

She isn't there yet? She's late.

Both of these sentences show surprise.

We can use yet in positive questions, but it is more neutral and does not show surprise:

Has she arrived yet?

 

In the context in the task, question 4 is a normal question. It would be grammatically fine to use already but there is no reason to add surprise to the sentence, so yet is suitable. Question 5, on the other hand, has a context which clearly shows surprise ("400 pages long!"), so already is appropriate.

Have they made a decision yet?

Have you finished that book already?

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Team,

I have a question regarding the use of 'yet'. As you've pointed it out, 'yet' is usually placed at the end of a sentence, however, I have seen variations to this.

We may take this for example:
I have been working hard but I am yet to see the results.

Do you approve of this?

Thank you.

Hello mou,

Yes, that is correct. There is an explanation of 'be yet to' on this page of the Cambridge Dictionary.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi guys!! I am bit confused about the possible meanings yet may indicate when used in a sentence when meaning other than the one mentioned above in the grammar explanation. For instance, the one I quite below from Poe's "The Purloined Letter":

"oh, Dupin you will be the death of me yet!"

Could you please shed some light on this?

Thanks

Hello Siveboy,

It's not very common to use 'yet' in affirmative sentences, which is why it's not explained above. When it is used, usually in more formal or literary contexts, it shows that we think a situation is continuing and that this is contrary to our expectations. 

I'm afraid I don't remember The Purloined Letter well enough to be able to explain this sentence in context. Does it make sense in that light? If not, please let us know.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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