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adverb (UNTIL NOW)    /jet/
A2 still; until the present time : I haven't spoken to her yet. He hasn't finished yet. "Are you ready ?" "Not yet - wait a moment ."Until a particular moment the best, worst, etc. yet B2 the best , worst , etc. until now: Of all the songs I've heard tonight , that's the best yet.Until a particular moment as yet C1 formal until and including this time : We haven't needed extra staff as yet, but may do in the future . No ambulances had as yet managed to get across the river .Until a particular moment Grammar:Already, still or yet?Grammar:Already or yet?We use already to refer to something which has happened or may have happened before the moment of speaking. Already can sometimes suggest surprise on the part of the speaker, that something is unexpected:Grammar:Already, yet or still?We use still not yet or already to refer to the continuation of a situation:Grammar:Negatives with already, still, yetNegatives with yet mean that something has not happened up to now:Grammar:YetYet is an adverb or conjunction.Grammar:Yet as an adverbWe use yet as an adverb to refer to a time which starts in the past and continues up to the present. We use it mostly in negative statements or questions in the present perfect. It usually comes in end position:Grammar:Yet as a conjunctionYet as a conjunction means ‘but’ or ‘nevertheless’. We use it to show contrast. It often occurs after and:Grammar:Yet for emphasisWe use yet for emphasis, with a meaning similar to ‘even’, especially before more, another and again:Grammar:As yetAs yet means ‘up to now, but the situation will definitely change’. We only use it in negative contexts:Grammar:Have yet to and be yet toWe use have yet to and be yet to in more formal contexts. We use them to refer to events which are necessary or which must happen at some time, but which have not happened at the time of speaking:
(Definition of yet adverb (UNTIL NOW) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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