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English Grammar  


Different ways to use 'yet' in English.

Yet can be used in many ways English. 
  • Yet in questions and negative sentences:
    -to ask if something expected has happened:.
    • Questions:
      • Has the plumber arrived yet?
      • Have you booked your ticket yet?
      • Have you finished your homework yet?
      • Is dinner ready yet? I'm hungry!

  • -to say that something hasn't happened so far, or up until the present, but will probably happen in the future:
    • Negative sentences:
      • The contract hasn't been signed yet. (=The terms are still being discussed.)
      • We have yet to find a solution to the problem. (=We still haven't found a solution.)
      • Julie hasn't yet decided whether she's going to join us or not.
      • The date of the ceremony hasn't yet been set. (=They still have to set a date.)

    • 'As yet' (until and including the present moment):
      • The long-term effects of the drug are as yet unknown
      • No traffic has as yet been allowed to cross the bridge.
      • There are suspicions that have not as yet been confirmed.
      • No arrests have been made as yet.

  • Yet can mean 'even at this point'
    • Our team could win the match yet.
    • It could rain yet. The weather is unstable.
    • We could lose the contract yet. Nothing has been signed.

  • Yet can mean 'so early'
    • We don't need to go back to the office yet.
    • Don't call a taxi yet. We have plenty of time.

  • 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 for emphasis
    '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'.
    • The boss has given me yet more work to do.
    • We could organize a picnic, or better yet, a barbecue.
    • Sunday will be yet another rainy day.
    • She said she loved him and yet she betrayed him.
    • The salary is good, and better yet is the car that comes with the job !
    • The printer is out of order yet again!
    • Surely you can't eat yet another slice!

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