Vocabulary: ‘still’ and ‘yet’
Elementary to intermediate level (A2-B2)
‘Still’ and ‘yet’ have several uses but these are the most common:
In these examples, we use ‘still’ when some situation or activity could have finished or changed but has not e.g.:
A. Joe’s not still sleeping, is he?
B. Yes, he rarely gets up before midday
C. He’ll have to get up earlier when he starts his new job!
C. How’s Frank getting on?
D. He’s still trying to pass his driving test.
C. Oh! I thought he had passed it already
E. Shall we go out?
F. No, it’s still snowing. Let’s wait until it finishes.
G. Where’s Lucy these days?
H. She’s still living with her parents in Edinburgh.
G. Really? I thought she had moved out months ago.
I. (On the phone) Are they still there?
I. Can you ask them to come home please?
However, if we want to say that something has not happened or been completed up to the present, we use ‘yet’. Here are some examples:
A. Have you finished reading your book yet?
B. No, not yet. I might finish it by tomorrow.
C. Have you got an email from him yet?
D. No I’m still waiting for it.
E. Is there any food for me?
F. No, we haven’t started cooking yet?
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