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YET (2)

14 / 10 / 2005

YET (2): meaning and examples

Good morning. Eulàlia D. wrote to us saying: "I notice that the word YET has several meanings in English, but I sometimes have problems finding a proper translation into Spanish." This week we have explained the most common use of the word yet (as an adverb to indicate that something is in the present , not the past). Today we will look at another common meaning. YET (conjunction) Yet can be used to indicate a contrast between two pieces of information. The information in the second clause is surprising if we compare it to the information in the first clause. The meaning is similar to the adverbial phrases despite the fact, in spite of the fact, or however. With the above meaning, the sentence position of yet is usually at the beginning of the second clause. Example 1: You seem so organised, yet your desk is always in an awful mess! Example 2: All of the citizens say they are proud of their city, yet many continue to throw their rubbish on the ground and not in a bin (basura, contenidor). If you look in a good dictionary, you will find more meanings of the word yet. We've only looked at two meanings this week, but we hope this helps to answer your question, Eulàlia. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please don't hesitate to contact us, or even a question in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum. Have an excellent weekend!


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