English Lesson & Quiz: Using Already & Yet

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The train hasn't arrived yet

I’ve had a busy day. It’s just 9am now, but I have already done so much. I have prepared my lessons, checked Facebook, Twitter, and Weibo, and made breakfast. Of course, I have already taken Happy for a walk. I was planning to go to the gym, but I haven’t gone yet. Maybe I’ll go this afternoon.

We use already and yet with present perfect. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the paragraph above, and then check out today’s lesson:

We use already with the present prefect to show that something was completed before the time of speaking. Note that already generally comes between have and the main verb.

  • It’s just 9am now, but I have already done so much.
  • I have already taken Happy for a walk.

We use yet with the present prefect to show that something was not completed before the time of speaking. Note that yet comes at the end of the sentence.

  • I was planning to go to the gym, but I haven’t gone yet.
  • The train hasn’t arrived yet.

We use both already and yet when we ask questions using present perfect. Yet has a neutral meaning. Already has a meaning that the speaker expects that something has happened. Notice the difference:

  • Has Carol heard from Jim yet? Neutral meaning
  • Has Carol already heard from Jim? The speaker expects that Carol has heard from Jim.

Is that clear? Take this quiz and check your understanding.

The Still vs Yet Quiz

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Jack has been in the office for 10 hours but he hasn’t _____ finished the report.
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Question 2
Jack has been in the office for 10 hours but he _____ hasn’t finished the report.
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Question 3
Tommy: Are you ready to go home? Joey: No, not _____ .
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Question 4
We haven’t _____ heard from Joe with the results from the meeting.
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Question 5
Are you _____ working on the presentation for the meeting?
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Question 6
She isn’t ready to leave _____ because it takes her over an hour just to do her hair and make up.
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Question 7
I _____ haven’t found what I’m looking for.
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Question 8
I can’t _____ decide where I’m going to go on my next vacation.
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