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1. ALREADY

Already is used to show that something has happened earlier. It is used in the mid-position of the sentence and is usually used with Present Perfect.

In American English, it is also possible to use alreadyΒ with the Simple Past.

Already in a sentence:

other ways to say said

British English:

  • I have already done my homework.
  • He has already washed the car.

American English:

  • I already did my homework.
  • He already washed the car.




2. STILL

hola, guten tag, salam, ciao, hello, bonjourStillΒ is used to show a continuous action, and is used in affirmative sentences.
StillΒ 
is used in the mid-position of the sentence. And is usually used with Present Continuous (Progressive).

Still in a sentence:

  • I am still doing my homework.
  • He is still washing his car.

StillΒ requires the use of Progressive forms. Except for the verbs be, haveΒ and verbs of primary perception*. Or when you want to indicate a habitual situationΒ (HABIT).

For example,

  • I stillΒ haveΒ the book that you gave me.
  • I amΒ stillΒ a strong guy.
  • I can stillΒ hear< him.
  • I stillΒ seeΒ her outside.
  • She stillΒ <goes jogging in the park. – HABIT
  • He stillΒ shops at TARGET. – HABIT

NOTE: stillΒ is rarely used in negative sentences. It is usually replaced by β€˜not…anymore’ or β€˜no longer’

For example,

  • I no longer< have the book that you gave me.
  • I am notΒ a strong guy anymore.

* Verbs of primary perception: see, hear, taste, smell, listen, feel, watch.





3. YET

words to use instead of saidYetΒ is used to talk about something that is expected to happen, but did not happen till this moment.
YetΒ means at any time up to now.
YetΒ is used in interrogative (questions) and negative sentences.
YetΒ is usually used with Present Perfect. YetΒ is used in the end of the sentence.

Yet in a sentence:

  • Have you finished your homework yet? – Interrogative
  • I haven’t washed my car yet. – Negative

YetΒ is very rarely used in affirmative sentences, but when it is used, it implies a negative.

For example,

  • I have yet to read the β€˜Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ book

= I have not read the β€˜Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ book yet, but I will probably read it soon.






4. JUST

types of bookJustΒ is used when we want to say that something happened a short time ago (very recently).

It is always used with Present PerfectΒ or Past Perfect.
It is used between the auxiliary verb (have/has) and past participle.
JustΒ can be used in affirmative and interrogative sentences.

Just in a sentence:

  • I’ve just called my grandmother. (Present Perfect)
  • Have you just called your grandmother? (Present Perfect)
  • We had just< finished dinner. (Past Perfect)

NOTE: In American EnglishΒ justΒ can be used with Simple Past.

For example,

  • I just saw him outside.
  • I just called my grandmother.



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Anastasia Koltai

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