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ALREADY - STILL - ALWAYS - YET

Meaning and use in English.



Already, still, always and yet are words that are often used incorrectly by learners of English. 

ALREADY
  • Already is used to say that something has happened earlier than expected or
    earlier than it might have happened :
    • Hurry up Susan. Breakfast is ready!
    • I've already had breakfast thanks. I woke up early.
    • Here's a book you might like.
    • I've already read it - I found it interesting too.
STILL
  • Still is used to refer to continuing situations.
    • They've been married for 40 years and they still love each other.
    • I moved to this town five years ago and I'm still living here.
    • Are you still smoking? I thought you had stopped!
    • It's 6 pm. It started raining early this morning and it's still raining!
ALWAYS
  • Always is used to refer to something that happens regularly, very frequently
    or forever.
    • I always send cards at Christmas.
    • Sue always takes the 8 o'clock train to work.
    • Alex is always complaining about his job.
    • I promise I will always love you.
YET
  • Yet is used in questions, to ask if something expected has happened, and in negative sentences.
    • Questions:
      • Has the postman arrived yet?
      • Have you booked your ticket yet?
      • Have you finished the book yet?
      • Is dinner ready yet? I'm hungry!

    • Negative sentences:
      To say that something hasn't happened so far, or up until the present, but will probably happen in the future .
      • The book I ordered hasn't arrived yet.
        (=I'm still waiting for the book.)
      • We have yet to find out the cause of the delay.
        (=We still haven't found out the cause.)
      • Julie hasn't yet decided whether she's going to join us or not.
      • They haven't set the date of their wedding yet / they haven't yet set the date.

  • Yet can also be used to link two clauses or contrasting ideas
    (in the same way as, for example, 'nevertheless' or 'nonetheless').
    • Olivia was offered an interesting job with good pay, yet she refused it.
    • Charlie felt alone in the world, yet he was surrounded by friends.
    • Mr. Harding was a strict yet fair teacher.
    • Carla sings beautifully, yet she prefers to accompany others on the guitar.
  • Yet can be used to emphasize that someone or something is even better, worse, more, etc. than someone or something else. It usually appears before terms like 'another' or 'again'.
    • Don't overcook the fish, or better yet, eat it raw.
    • Sunday will be yet another rainy day.
    • The photocopier is out of order yet again!
    • My mother arrived with yet another dish to taste.



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