When to Use Still vs Yet vs Already

What follows is the briefest explanation (with a practice exercise + answers under the FREE STUFF/Confusing Words) of when to use ‘still’, ‘yet’ and ‘already’, something that causes confusion for some Spanish English speakers. 

As usual, we aim to be correct most of the time so, if you know any exceptions to the following then congratulations – now try to remember the guidelines that will help you to be correct the other 99% of the time.

Still vs Yet vs Already

 

Meaning

 

Still gives the idea of ‘continuing’, even at the present moment:

  • o   It is still raining. = it is raining now and it has been raining for a while.

 

Yet gives the idea of ‘up until now’ and is often used in negative and interrogative sentences:

  • o   It hasn’t stopped raining yet.
  • o    Has it stopped raining yet?

 

Already gives the impression that ‘something happened before now’ and is used in affirmative statements.

  • o    I have already finished the report.
  • o    I have finished the report already.

 Position

Use still before the main verb either in an affirmative sentence or in a question.

  • o   I’m still working on the brief.
  • o   Are you still working on the brief?

 

Use yet at the end of either a negative sentence or a question.

  • o   I haven’t finished yet.
  • o   Are you finished yet?

 

Use already between the auxiliary and the main verb.

  • o   I’m not tired.  I have already slept.

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Posted on 29/05/2012, in Preposition Practice and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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