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Yet - position in sentence

Yet is normally placed at the end of the clause, particularly in informal English and in
questions, but can go immediately after not in negative sentences in a more formal
style, such as Cambridge Dictionaries and the British Library have used. Compare also the
following:

How long have you been in Britain?


~ For over a year now.
~ Have you been to Wales or Scotland yet?
~ No, not yet. I haven't even ventured out of London yet.

Although she has been in Britain for more than a year, Maria has not yet visited either
Wales or Scotland.

Yet - meaning and use


We use yet in questions to ask whether something has happened up to the present time.
Not yet then indicates that it hasn't happened yet:

Is dinner ready yet? I'm starving.


~ No, it's not ready yet. It'll be another half an hour.

In a more formal style it is possible to use yet in affirmative sentences:

We have yet to discover whether there are any survivors from the plane crash.

I have yet to speak to the personnel manager to discuss my future.

In a less formal style, we might say:

We still don't know whether there are survivors from the plane crash.

I haven't spoken to the manager yet, so don't know what my future will be.
I still haven't spoken to the manager, so don't know what my future will be.

Thus, in negative sentences, as we can see from these examples, there is considerable
overlap in meaning and use between yet and still. Still is the more emphatic of the two.

Still - meaning and use


We use still in questions, affirmative and negative sentences to indicate that something is
not finished and that we are perhaps surprised or concerned about this. Because it is
emphatic, it often carries considerable word stress:

Is it still raining?
~ Yes, it's still raining. No chance of playing tennis today, I'm afraid.

I still don't know whether Brendan will be coming to the engagement party. I've
tried to reach him several times on the phone, but can't seem to get hold of him.

Already - meaning and use


Whereas still and yet normally refer to present and future circumstances, already normally
refers to something that is in the present or recent past. It is mainly used in questions and
affirmative sentences and usually expresses surprise that something has happened sooner
than expected.

When do you expect Polly to arrive?


~ She's already here! Haven't you seen her?

Can you give me a hand with the layout for this article.
~ No, I'm sorry, I'm already late. I have to leave right now.
Can you help me move those boxed upstairs?
~ I've already moved them.
Have you finished that typing already?
Yes, I finished it about five minutes ago.
By the age of three, Mozart had already learnt to play the piano.

still / already - position in sentence


Note from the above examples that in contrast to yet, still and already usually occupy mid
position in the clause.

YET: introduces a contrast that you think is rather surprising.


STILL / NONETHELESS / NEVERTHELESS (formal): emphasize that something
remains true in spite of what one has just said.
still
1 up to a particular point in time and continuing at that moment
I still haven't finished painting the spare room. Do you still have Julie's phone
number?
see usage note yet 1
2 in spite of what has just been said or done
Clare didn't do much work, but she still passed the exam.
[sentence adverb] The hotel was terrible. Still, we were lucky with the weather.
3 still more/ further/ another/ other
used to emphasize that something increases more, there is more of something etc
Kevin grew still more depressed.
4 better/ harder/ worse
also still better/harder/worse etc
even better, harder etc than something else
Dan found biology difficult, and physics harder still.
nevertheless:
in spite of a fact that you have just mentioned
synonym nonetheless
What you said was true. It was, nevertheless, a little unkind.
nonetheless [sentence adverb] formal
in spite of the fact that has just been mentioned
synonym nevertheless
The region was extremely beautiful. Nonetheless Gerard could not imagine
spending the rest of his life there.The paintings are complex, but have plenty of
appeal nonetheless.

ALL THE SAME: refers back to a statement that requires correction.

WHATEVER: indicates that something is the case in all circumstances ["Whatever


happens..."].
HOWEVER: stresses that the degree of something cannot change the situation.