Still - Yet - Already

English Grammar Rules


Three adverbs that often cause difficulty are still, yet, and already.
They are all used when actions are going to happen, or are expected to happen, or were unexpected around the present time. Here we go into more detail about the difference between still, yet and already:

STILL

Still is used to say an action or situation continues to the present because it has not finished.
It often refers to something happening for longer than expected.

Notice the position of still before the verb or adjective.

If the verb has two parts, still goes between both the verbs:

But if one of the two verbs is negative, still goes before that negative verb:

YET

Yet refers to an action that is expected in the future. It is not used in the past.

To ask if something expected has happened. It is usually placed at the end of the sentence or question.

To say that something expected hasn't happened:

Yet is occasionally used in affirmative sentences, giving the sentences a similar meaning as the use of still. Note that this is more formal and not common.

Often, we use still and yet together to explain why an action is continuing.

ALREADY

Already is used to refer to an action that happened sooner than expected.
It is used in affirmative sentences in the present or past, but never future.

Notice the placement of already in the examples below:

In present tense sentences, it is placed between the subject and verb.
In present and present perfect questions, it comes immediately after the subject.
However, in present perfect sentences, the order is subject + have+ already + past participle.

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