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Already, still, yet

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We use still to show that something continues up to the time referred to. It is used in the past present or future. Still is placed in front of the main verb:

Even though he was a teenager he still loved playing outside.

They are still living in the old farmhouse.
We will still be at work when you arrive.

Still is placed after the verb to be and before an adjective:

Her parents are still alive.
We were unlucky with the weather in Greece but we were still happy with the holiday.

Already is used to show that something has happened before we thought it would happen.

The computer is working I’ve already set it up.
It was six in the morning and they were already on the beach.

Already is placed after the verb to be and before the adjective like still:

Fifteen minutes after the play had started we were already bored.
They knew that they were already late for the meeting.

Yet is used in a negative sentence or in a question. It is very often used with the perfect aspect to show that something has not happened by a particular time. Yet is placed at the end of a sentence or question.

I haven’t been to Paris yet.
Have you booked the holiday yet?
He won’t have arrived yet.

Lesson by Tristan

Choose the right word for each sentence.

  • 1 - You started that book this morning and you have ___ finished it.




  • 2 - I haven't seen him ___.




  • 3 - John is ___ working at the gym as far as I know.




  • 4 - I know you've apologised but I’m ___ unhappy.




  • 5 - Have they told you about the meeting ___?




  • 6 - I ___ don't know what I'm going to wear for the party.




  • 7 - They have ___ opened the new shopping mall.