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I'm [still / *yet / *so far] waiting for my paycheck.
We've been waiting for an hour, and we haven't seen him [yet / ?so far / *still].
We've been waiting, and [so far / *yet / ?still] we haven't seen him.
We've been waiting, and we [still / *yet / *so far] haven't seen him.
[ And yet / Still / *So far], he insisted that he would be here.
I like my classes in English, at least [so far / *still / *yet].
[So far / *yet / *still] I haven't made a lot of mistakes.
I haven't made a lot of mistakes [so far / yet / *still]
The presence and position of a negative certainly affects the meaning greatly.
"still not ready" means "continues to be unready". "not ready yet" also means "continues to be unready".
CalifJim"so far" and "yet" and "still" have some uses in common, but in general these are three separate expressions.What do those marks ( * & ? ) mean there?
Anonymous:Interesting. Thank you CalifJim.
Can I say that when we use 'still' we are kinda looking 'forward', and when we use 'yet' we are looking backward, in a sense ??
TIME > > > >
x. x. still x. still x. (not still x)
not x yet not x yet x x x still x
not x still not x still not x x x still x
Edit: This ridiculous editor won't let me show a series of X's. It replaces them with ***. Therefore, you will have to guess at what I'm trying to show. The preview shows everything fine, but when I post I get something different. (One wonders what the purpose of the preview is!)
I'd prefer: He is not a good player anymore/any longer.
? possibly grammatical in some dialect(s), but doubtful in standard English
These are standard symbols. You will find them scattered throughout the posts on this site as well as in many books.
A star * before a word, a clause, a sentence etc shows that the author knows it isn't correct.
A question mark ? before a word, a clause, a sentence etc means they are questionable.
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