Yet is similar in meaning to but. But people also
say: not yet. This is confusing.
you receive the book?
problem is that yet can be used as an adverb as well as a
co-ordinating conjunction. Lets look at its function as a
conjunction first of all.
are right, Viji. Yet is similar in meaning to but.
But is a
co-ordinating conjunction used to contrast two statements:
can speak Arabic but they cant read or write it.
tried to book a holiday on Bali, but he didnt have
enough money to pay for it.
use yet as the preferred alternative to but when we
want to emphasise that contrast to achieve a stronger effect:
can play the piano very well, yet she cant read music
yachtsman had lost all sense of direction, yet he refused
to give up in his attempt to cross the Atlantic.
sometimes put and in front of yet when it is used
in this way or use even so as an alternative to yet
or and yet:
can play the piano very well, and yet she cant read
music at all.
yachtsman had lost all sense of direction. Even so, he
refused to give up in his attempt to cross the Atlantic.
and nevertheless are sometimes used as more formal alternatives
had no chance of winning the race or even of coming in the first
six. However, he kept going and crossed the finishing line
ahead of his team mates.
had not slept for three nights. Nevertheless, he insisted
on going into work the following day.
colloquial spoken English, mind you, but still or
still are sometimes used as less formal alternatives to yet:
weather was lousy. It rained every day. Still, we managed
to enjoy ourselves.
dont like the work very much. Mind you, the people
I work with are very nice.
can be very annoying at times, but we still love
yet is used as an adverb, it is used to talk about something
over a period of time, up till now:
lunch ready yet?
the Hunts back from their holiday yet?
is often used with the negative when you are saying that up to the
present time something has not happened. It is normally used with
present and perfect tenses, though in American English you will
sometimes hear it used with the past tense. Still can sometimes
be used as an alternative to yet. When we use still
in this way, it is emphatic. We are saying that we are very surprised
that it hasnt happened. Compare the following:
eat the plums. Theyre not ripe yet. / Theyre
still not ripe.
havent been to Wales or Scotland yet, though Ive
visited England many times.
still havent been to Wales or Scotland, even though
Ive visited England many times.
you phone him yet? No, sorry. I forgot.
we can see from the above examples, yet is normally used
with negative sentences and in questions, but it is sometimes used
in affirmative sentences in a more formal style:
have yet to meet the man I wish to marry.
have yet to learn whether there will be any survivors from