This post is about the differences between still and yet. We will discuss some of the simple differences between still and yet and also offer a vocabulary boost with some important phrases using yet and still.
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Yet and still can have a similar meaning, but this depends on the verb tense used and if it is affirmative, negative or interrogative.
YET is an adverb that we usually use at the end of a sentence. It normally means something that is expected to happen or something that is still in progress:
When we use the interrogative form YET generally means the same as already:
Have you finished the washing up yet?
Have you figured out the answer yet?
When we use the negative form YET has a very similar meaning to still (in progress) or hasn´t begun:
I haven´t done the housework yet.
STILL is an adverb that generally means ¨in progress¨:
We use STILL in the affirmative form in the present continuous:
I am still listening to the radio, don´t turn it off!
Also, we use STILL in the negative form with the present perfect, this way it means YET:
I still haven´t met you parents and you still haven´t come to the UK to meet mine.
Fixed expressions with YET:
Yet still = even so, however
As yet = so far, up to now
So near yet so far = very close, nearly
Not just yet = not at the moment
Fixed expressions with STILL:
Still and all = nevertheless
The best is still to come = the future holds something better
It is still early days = it is too soon to call
Hold still = not move
Still going strong = continue being successful or healthy
The still of the night = the silence and calm at night
Yet and still can be confusing adverbs and you need to make sure you review them. Take a look at our posts on grammar structures (HERE) to get our free PDFs and practice and for more vocabulary take a look at our post on word patterns and collocations (HERE)