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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  12/AGO/2007 1:41 PM
Assunto:  Yet = Still?
 
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     A bit more than simple like that...

     Already, yet, still refer to the present present state of things, and all three can be used to convey surprise:

     Already being used when something happened => usually takes mid position

     She´s already gone.

 

     Still when something is continuing to happen, or has not stopped.

     She still here.

 

     Yet, used always something has not happened up to the present; often goes in the end of sentence in a present context, and in mid position, after NOT, in a past context

      Is she here yet?

      He´s back but I haven´t seen him yet.

      She wasn´t yet eighteen.

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     Yet is used with NOT or other negatives, in questions, and with words like HARDLY.  When using YET to refer to the present you use the perfect form of verbs:

      He hasn´t finished his homework yet.

     

      Also, you use the present tense of verbs which represent states or continuous activities that have not so far begun:

       I´ll probably be able to come, but I´m not sure yet.

       We´re not using the new software yet.

      

      And you use the past tense of verbs representing states in the past:

       I had to confess that I did not yet have an e-mail adress.

 

      

     Yet is sometimes used rather than like STILL, with BE or HAVE and a              TO-infinitive: 

      She´s doing brilliantly, but her best is yet {=still} to come.

      We have yet to receive confirmation {=we are still waiting to receive confirmation}.

 

 

 

+++++++      Transcript from English Grammar & Usage by Martins Fontes  with slight modifications.


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Yet = Still?  –  Oba  12/AGO/2007, 10:52 AM
 Yet = Still?  –  PPAULO  12/AGO/2007, 1:41 PM
Yet = Still?  –  Aman  12/AGO/2007, 10:15 PM
Yet = Still?  –  André SR  14/AGO/2007, 12:54 PM
Yet = Still?  –  PPAULO  14/AGO/2007, 7:06 PM

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