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Grammar challenger Alessia from Italy

Still, yet and already
Today we present some basic information for understanding the meaning of these adverbs and where to put them in sentences.

Our challenger Alessia, from Italy, has to make good sentences using the correct adverbs in the correct places.


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We use 'still' to talk about something, a situation or an action, that's continuing, often for a longer time than expected. It hasn't changed or stopped. 'Still' usually goes in the middle of the sentence, before the verb.

Are you
still married to him?
Is she unemployed?
I'm living with my parents.
They haven't replied.

We use 'yet' mostly in questions and negative sentences. Using 'yet' shows that we're expecting something to happen or have happened. In spoken English 'yet' almost always comes at the end of the sentence or question and is commonly used with the present perfect.

Questions with 'yet'
Have you tidied your room
Has he come home
Has she finished
Have they seen the film

Negative statements with 'yet'
You haven't met her
He hasn't done it
She hasn't spoken to him
They haven't paid

We use 'already' to talk about things that have happened, often earlier than expected. It usually goes in the middle or the end of sentence, just before or after the verb and is also commonly used with the present perfect.

Present perfect with 'already'
Have you two
already met?
He's done it
She's fixed it
They've sold their car


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