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YET (1)

11 / 10 / 2005

YET (1): meaning and examples

Good morning. Yesterday we explained the word STILL. It is used to indicate that something is in the present or is happening now, not in the past. Today we will compare this word with YET. YET In questions, we use yet to ask if something has happened. The word yet indicates that we expect something to happen in the future. The sentence position of yet is usually at the end of the clause. Example 1: Have you typed those letters yet? I'd like to post them today. Example 2: Are the children dressed yet? It's time to go to school. In negative sentences we use yet to indicate that something is expected in the future, not in the past or in the present. The sentence position is also at the end of the clause. Example 3: I haven't called Mary yet, but I plan to as soon as I've finished with what I'm doing. Compare still and yet in this dialogue and you will see that they are very similar in meaning: Example 4: A: What's Alice doing? B: She's still making those phone calls. A: What? Hasn't she finished them yet? B: No, she still hasn't finished them. It's been a busy morning. Tomorrow is a holiday so there won't be a Daily Vitamin. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please don't hesitate to contact us. I'll "see" you again on Thursday!


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