Word pairs: still | yet


She hasn't called yet - He is still not here


We use yet to refer to actions that we are waiting for, but haven't happened up to now. We usually use it in negative sentences and questions:

  • Dinner isn't ready yet.
  • They haven't called us yet.
  • Have they arrived yet?


We use still to refer to actions that started in the past and continue into the present:

  • I still haven't got an answer.
  • I am still waiting for my turn.

Note: In negative sentences, yet and still have a similar meaning. The difference is that still expresses impatience and can sometimes be rude:

  • He hasn't paid us yet. (this is a neutral remark)
  • He still hasn't paid us. (this indicates some impatience)
Further learning
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When to use 'still', 'already' and 'yet'. BBC Learning