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Still /yet/ not ... yet
1) STILL : emphasises that an action is continuing. ( Still is turned towards the past : <= )
ex : Nigel’s still working = Nigel hasn’t stopped working.
- Its contrary is ‘no longer’
ex : Tom is no longer working here.
- Do not mix up : He’s still ill ( = not cured yet )
ex : He’s always ill = He is frequently ill.
- Still = However – yet.
ex : Patrick is very happy in France, still he misses Ireland !
2) YET : = Until now ( turned towards the future =>)
a) In an affirmative clause , YET, but ‘STILL’ is here used a lot more frequently.
ex : You have time yet … = You still have time ! = You have more time left ...
b) In a question : YET is often similar to ‘already’.
ex : Has she arrived yet ? = Has she already arrived ?
c) In a negative clause = Not ... yet, till now …
ex : She hasn’t come to visit us yet !
Compare : He’s already here = and its opposite = He hasn’t arrived yet.
* * * : STILL … NOT versus NOT … YET :
ex : 'He still hasn’t arrived' shows more impatience (the sentence is turned towards the past = He hasn't arrived (I'm impatient and I suppose he may not come !))
whereas ‘he hasn’t arrived yet’, is turned towards the future, and the action may still happen …
- ‘As yet’ = ‘so far’ = ‘up to now’.
ex : I have received no letters from her as yet.
- YET = Nevertheless … ; However ...
ex : It’s strange, yet true …
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