10 / 10 / 2005

STILL: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a nice weekend. A while ago we received a couple of requests (from Eulàlia and Luis) asking us to explain the difference between STILL, ALREADY and YET. This is a good question because these words are often confused. All three words are used to talk about things which are happening or which are expected to happen around the present time. We will begin our explanation with the word STILL. STILL We use still when we want to indicate that something is in the present or is happening now. The word still is often used to indicate surprise that an action has not finished. The sentence position of still is usually mid-position (after the subject or, in the case of the verb TO BE, after the verb). Example 1: Jason is still eating lunch. He'll call you when he has finished. Example 2: Is Ms. Kelsey still in the meeting? She has been in there for two hours! Example 3: You aren't still angry at me, are you? I told you I was sorry! Still has meanings other than the adverb form that is explained above, but we will look at those meanings another day. Tomorrow we will explain the adverb yet. If you still have questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a great day!


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