Some of my students asked about the various uses of this word. So here we go then ladies and gentlemen 😎 🤘🏻
YET – Non-affirmative word
a) Negative sentences – Looking to the future: to say that something which is expected has not happened but we hope it will.
– Has the hamster died? ~ Not yet! (but we hope it will)
– The hamster hasn’t died yet! (but we still hope it might)
b) Question sentences – to ask whether something expected has happened.
– Is the hamster dead yet?
– Have you won the lottery yet? If not, keep trying damn you!
b) YET – (in the above) is often used with present perfect in British English but with Past Simple in the slightly more backwards primitive American English (no offence to my dear American friends)
– Have you washed your armpits yet? (Normal British English)
– Did you wash your armpits yet? (……. American English)
c) YET – meaning “Still.” Yet can be used in affirmative sentences to mean still. This is quite formal and is gay in casual spoken English. The most common structure is: HAVE + YET + INFINITIVE
– You have yet to pass your driving test!
– (normal): You still need to pass your driving test!
d) YET – after superlatives. Meaning: ever so far! Quite informal and sweet!
– This is the tastiest Domestos yet! (tastiest ever so far!)
– This holiday in Afghanistan is the best yet! (best ever so far!)
e) YET – Discourse marker. Suggests that something is surprising in view of what was said before.
– Mrs Wurst, your application says you’re a woman and yet you have a massive beard!
– John claims to be a man of honour. Yet, he has about 20 wives all living in different countries! Lucky bastard!