Word pairs: still | yet

Questions
Overview

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

Yet

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?

Still

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