How to use “yet”?

Alex

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Non-affirmative words like *ever, yet , any often follow comparatives and superlatives:
  • This is my hardest job yet (up to now).

Not yet is used to say that something which is expected has not happened (but we think that it will):
  • Is Mark here? - Not yet.
  • The postman hasn't come yet.
In questions, yet is used to ask whether someting expected has happened:
  • Is dinner ready yet ?
  • Has the postman come yet ?
Yet usually goes at the end of a clause, but it can go immediately after not in a formal style:
  • The pears are not yet ripe.

Still not
or Not yet?

Still not
looks back towards the past, not yet looks towards the future:
  • she still hasn't got a job. (she hasn't had a job since Christmas and this situation is continuing).
  • She hasn't got a job yet. (she hasn't got a job now, but we are hoping that she will get one).
  • I still can't speak English, after all these years of study.
  • I can't speak English yet, but i hope i will be able soon.
Yet or Already in questions.

Questions with already often suggest that something has happened:
  • Have you met professor yet? (I don' know whether you've met him).
  • Have you already met professor? (I think you've already met him).

Yet meaning Still.

Yet is normally used in questions and negative sentences. But it is sometimes used in affirmative sentences in a formal style to mean Still:
  • We have yet to hear from the bank (We are still waiting to hear).

Yet is used at the beginning of a sentence in the meaning of however, nevertheless, despite that, though:
  • He was very tall. Yet he could not see over the wall.
 
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