Yet : Adjectives and Adverbs
Yet is similar in meaning to but. But people also say: not yet. This is confusing.
The problem is that yet can be used as an adverb as well as a co-ordinating conjunction. Let’s look at its function as a conjunction first of all.
yet as conjunction :
Yet is similar in meaning to but. But is a co-ordinating conjunction used to contrast two statements:
We use yet as the preferred alternative to but when we want to emphasise that contrast to achieve a stronger effect:
We 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:
However and nevertheless are sometimes used as more formal alternatives to yet:
In colloquial spoken English, mind you, but still or still are sometimes used as less formal alternatives to yet:
yet as adverb :
When yet is used as an adverb, it is used to talk about something over a period of time, up till now:
It 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 hasn’t happened. Compare the following:
As 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:
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