Grammar: Still, Yet, Already
Still, yet and already
We use "still" for something going on longer than expected. The situation has not stopped.
- It is five o'clock in the morning and Paul is still working
- Do you still want to go on holiday?
1. If the verb has one part (e.g. says, does, fell, etc.), the adverb "still" usually goes before the verb.
- I still watch 'Neighbours'
- They still go to school
2. If the verb has two or more parts (e.g. am running, were watching, etc.) the adverb "still" goes after the first verb.
- I am still eating my dinner
- We are still going to the cinema tonight
3. If the sentence is negative, "still" goes before the negative.
- I gave up smoking, but my friends still haven't given up
4. If you want to express surprise, "still" can go after the negative.
- You don't still like him, do you?
We use "yet" to express "until now".
We use "yet" for something that is expected.
- Have you replied to the letter yet?
1. We normally use "yet" with the present perfect.
- I haven't eaten my breakfast yet
- Have you been to London yet?
2. "Yet" goes at the end of a question or a negative statement.
- I haven't washed my car yet
- Have you seen your Mum yet?
3. We can use "yet" in the middle of a sentence, this is a little formal.
- We have not yet reached a decision on the subject
We use "already" for something happening sooner than expected.
- I already know how to speak French
1. If the verb has one part, "already" goes before the verb.
- She already knows how to cook
2. If the verb has two parts, "already" goes after the first verb.
- I have already received my exam results
3. "Already" at the end of a sentence has more emphasis.
- Have you typed the letter already? (I am surprised that you have done it so quickly)
4. You cannot use "already" with a negative sentence.