Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Sinhalese
      • Home Country:
      • Sri Lanka
      • Current Location:
      • Sri Lanka

    • Join Date: Jan 2010
    • Posts: 9
    #1

    Have you spoken to him yet?

    Please explain me how & why below sentence give negative meaning.
    Have you spoken to him yet?
    Thanks

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 47,342
    #2

    Re: Have you spoken to him yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by GSKums View Post
    Please explain to me how and why ​the below sentence below give has a negative meaning.

    Have you spoken to him yet?

    Thanks.
    There is no negative meaning to that question. Why do you think there is?

    Note that I have changed your thread title so that it is specific and relevant to this thread.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Mar 2014
    • Posts: 6,015
    #3

    Re: Have you spoken to him yet?

    We usually use yet in question sentences and negatives sentences.

  4. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Sinhalese
      • Home Country:
      • Sri Lanka
      • Current Location:
      • Sri Lanka

    • Join Date: Jan 2010
    • Posts: 9
    #4

    Re: Have you spoken to him yet?

    Since we use 'yet' in negative sentences and I could not get the exact meaning with 'yet' in this sentence, I thought that it is a negative sentence.

  5. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 47,342
    #5

    Re: Have you spoken to him yet?

    "Yet" is used in negative sentences but your example was a question. Your question was neutral - it could attract either a positive or a negative answer.

    Have you spoken to him yet?
    Yes, I have. I spoke to him two hours ago.

    Have you spoken to him yet?
    No, I haven't spoken to him yet. I'll probably talk to him this afternoon.

    As you can see, the positive answer in the first example does not use "yet" but the second answer, which is a negative sentence, uses "yet".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Similar Threads

  1. Spoken with/spoken to
    By ColgateSmile in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 26-Nov-2015, 13:24
  2. Spoken
    By towcats1 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Feb-2015, 12:05
  3. spoke/has spoken/had spoken
    By Tan Elaine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-Feb-2012, 06:00
  4. spoken
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Jan-2008, 13:47
  5. Taken X Spoken For
    By ansham in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27-Jun-2006, 22:38

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •