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Can they be used alike? Does their use depend on whether they form part of a negative or positive sentence?

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"so far" and "yet" and "still" have some uses in common, but in general these are three separate expressions.

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".

CJ
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CalifJim"so far" and "yet" and "still" have some uses in common, but in general these are three separate expressions.

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".

CJ

What do those marks ( * & ? ) mean there?
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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 ??
'still' looks forward, 'yet' looks backward, you say, in a sense. Well, I think I can accept that, in a sense. That is, there is a sort of polarity set up by the contrast of 'still' and 'yet'.

TIME > > > >
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.........................
x. x. still x. still x. (not still x)

.............................................xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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!)

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So is this wrong? He is not still a good player.

I'd prefer: He is not a good player anymore/any longer.

Meaning of * and ? placed before a sentence.

* ungrammatical
? 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.

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"not still" may have a use, but I can't think of one. The meaning of "not still" is almost invariably expressed as "not ... anymore" or the like.

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Eyesee,

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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