Are you still listening to this podcast? Aren’t you bored yet? – We’re looking at still, yet, no longer and no more in this episode.
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Use still when you talk about an action or situation that continues to the point of reference.
I’m still learning Spanish. We’re still teaching English after all these years!
I’ve had breakfast, but I’m still hungry.
We were still asleep when the rain started.
Igor still hadn’t been born when the USSR collapsed in 1991.
Will Reza and Craig still be podcasting 10 years from now?
Still can be used in a negative sentence – I still haven’t found what I’m looking for (Bono-U2)
It often refers to something happening for longer than expected.
Still often goes before a verb or adjective:
We’ve been podcasting for over four years and I still enjoy-VERB it.
Are you still interested-ADJ. in learning French?
For the opposite of ‘still’ we can use ‘no longer’, ‘not any longer’ or ‘not any more’:
Do you still follow Arsenal? – Not any more. I’ve gone off football.
I’m not jogging any longer because I’ve got a bad back.
Sadly, the patient was no longer breathing by the time the doctor arrived.
Craig hopes that Reza won’t mention Mickey Mouse any more! He’s a bit tired of it.
If it weren’t for our lovely listeners’ feedback, this podcast couldn’t continue any longer.
Use ‘yet’ to speak about expected actions that haven’t happened before a specific point.
I haven’t had breakfast yet.
Have you had breakfast yet? (yet often comes at the end of the sentence or question)
Have you done your tax returns yet?
You can use ‘yet’ in a similar way to ‘still’ in positive sentences, but it sounds quite formal:
We have yet/still to make our fortune on the internet. (this use of ‘yet’ isn’t very common)
The best is yet/still to come.
We can also use ‘still’ and ‘yet’ together to explain why an action continues:
We’re still thinking about where to go for our summer holiday this year. We haven’t decided yet.
NB. We don’t use ‘yet’ to speak about something that has happened. We use ‘already’:
I’ve had 3 cups of coffee already.
For more information about time expressions with the present perfect, listen to episode 18 with Bea: http://www.inglespodcast.com/18
Other uses of Still
Even so (aun asi, sin embargo)
He doesn’t get paid very much per hour. Still, if he works a lot of hours, he can earn a lot of money.
This isn’t actually the food I ordered, but I still like it.
Not fizzy (sin gas) I’ll have a glass of still mineral water, please.
Motionless (inmóvil, quieto) Sit still and don’t move!
Still photography, still life paintings and drawings.
Other uses of Yet
Also, in addition (además, también) – ‘We have received yet another voice message from our lovely listeners.’
If Reza adds yet more references to Craig’s supposed love of Mickey Mouse, he might get mad!
But (pero) – ‘Your microphone wasn’t expensive yet it’s very good quality.’
‘Money can buy many things. Yet it can’t buy you love.’
We can use ‘yet’ after superlatives = ever/so far:
‘This is our best podcast yet.’
‘Donald is the craziest fool Washington has yet seen – and they’ve seen a few!’
‘Yet’ for emphasis:
Craig has eaten yet another chocolate biscuit!
I’ve broken my diet yet again!
If Reza makes yet more silly comments, Craig might freak out.
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. We love hearing your voices and getting to know you. If you haven’t YET sent us a voice message, please send us one. It’s very easy. Go to https://www.speakpipe.com/inglespodcast or use the Speakpipe app on IOS or Android phones and tablets. Or record your voice and send it as an email attachment to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Say hello, tell us where you’re from and tell us something about yourself. Try to use the words ‘still’ and ‘yet’ in your message.
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