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Already, Yet, Still | English Grammar Lesson

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Already”, “yet” and “still” are adverbs we use to add time references to our sentences. This can be particularly useful when we use the perfect verb tense when talking about a non-specific time in the past.

Example

  • “I haven’t gone out yet.” (vs. “I haven’t gone out.”)
  • “I’ve already spoken to her.” (Notice how I deleted the “h” in “her”). (vs. “I have spoken to her [in the past].”)

Let’s go over the definitions of “already”, “yet” and “still”.

Already

Meaning: Something happened before now.

Examples

  • “I don’t want to visit New York. I have already been there, and I want to go somewhere new for vacation.”
  • “I didn’t buy the new jeans, because I already went over my shopping budget for this month.”

 

Yet

Meaning: Something did not happen before now, but it may happen.

Examples

  • “You haven’t visited Paris yet? It’s beautiful!”
    • (Implied that she will or should visit Paris in the future.)
  • “I haven’t started my new exercise regimen yet, because I hurt my foot last week.”
    • (But she will start the exercise regimen in the future after her injured foot heals.)

Notice that “yet” is often used with the negative, because it’s something someone has not done in the past.

Still

Meaning: Something exists from the past and continues to happen now without change.

Examples

  • “No, I still haven’t visited Paris. But I hope to go next summer!”
    • (She hasn’t been to Paris in the past, and that is also the case in the present moment.)
  • “You still have to go pick up your last assignment at school.”
    • (She had to pick up her last assignment at school at a past time, and that hasn’t changed up to the present time.)

Got it?

Let’s practice.

Listen and Repeat

  • “I can’t believe he hasn’t called you yet!”
  • “Don’t tell them I’m here yet. I’m not ready.”
  • “Did you already put the milk away?” (Notice how the [d] + [y] –> “dg” [dʒ]).
  • “You already finished the test?! That was fast!”
  • “I still can’t believe how much he’s changed.”
  • “Do you still want to go to the dance with me?” (Notice how “want to” –> “wanna”)

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4 comments

  1. Thank you very much for this lesson.
    And may you please correct my sentences,
    1\ Do you have my phone number? Yes, I already have it.
    2\ I didn’t do the chores yet. 
    3\ She still study in high school.
    I hope I didn’t bother you.
    Best wishes for you.

    • Abir, it’s no bother at all! Your sentences are really good. Here are my comments:
      1) Correct – good!
      2) This is grammatically correct, but we are more likely to say “I didn’t do MY chores yet”.
      We use “my” because in English we associate “chores” with job duties a child is assigned in the home. So a parent can ask the child, “Did you finish your chores?” or “Did you do your chores yet?”
      3) Don’t forget that the third person he/she/it takes an “s” at the end of the verb. Try to remember that if you don’t hear that [s] or [z] sound at the end of the he/she/it (“3rd person”) verb, something is wrong. So the corrected sentence using the verb “to study” is:
      “She still studies everyday in the library.”
      As for “high school”, we are more likely to say, “She IS still in high school”, meaning she hasn’t graduated yet. Or “she is still at school” meaning her day at school is not over yet. “Studies” would be for a more specific action, like, “studies chemistry” or “studies in the library.”
      Great job!

      • Hi, 
        I am very glad to see your comments, It is nice of you.
        Thank you for the valuable advices.
        I will take them in consideration, and I will be more attention next time 
        thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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