Still vs. Yet – English Grammar Lesson

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It was pretty warm here in New York yesterday. In fact, it is still warm today. We have had some summer-like weather even though it is not officially summer yet. Actually, it is still spring. I do love the summer weather, especially since I live close to the beach. Up until this weekend the weather has been cool and rainy, so I haven’t been to the beach yet this year. I loved going to the beach when I was a child, and I still do. Maybe I haven’t grown up yet!

Today we will look at still and yet. Do you know the difference? Have another look at the paragraph above and see how I used these two words.

We use still when we want to show that some situation started in the past and continues to now. We use still in in sentences and questions, like this:

  • It was warm yesterday and it is still warm today. (the warm weather has continued since yesterday)
  • I started working on this blog last year, and I am still writing lessons here.
  • I was born in New York and I still live here.
  • I remember you played tennis in high school. Do you still play?

We use yet when we want to refer to something that did not happen before now, but we think or know it will happen in the future. We use yet in negative sentences and questions, like this:

  • It’s warm outside, but it is not summer yet. (summer will happen sometime in the future)
  • My friends tell me I have not grown up yet.
  • I went to Vietnam once, but I haven’t been back yet.
  • Have you bought a new cell phone yet?

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