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    still/yet

    Hi,

    Please can you tell me whether it is possible to replace yet by still in the sentence below without change of the meaning?

    He's overweight and bald, and yet somehow, he's incredibly attractive.

    What is the difference between still and yet in such types of sentences?

    Thanks a lot.
    T.



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    Re: still/yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    Hi,

    Please can you tell me whether it is possible to replace yet by still in the sentence below without change of the meaning?

    He's overweight and bald, and yet somehow, he's incredibly attractive.

    What is the difference between still and yet in such types of sentences?

    Thanks a lot.
    T.


    There is a very good free short video at Competence English language videos called "
    How to use "still" and "yet" naturally" that will definately help you understand why still/yet can seem similar in some contexts and different in others.

    I hope that helps.

    Matthew Balson


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    Re: still/yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    Hi,

    Please can you tell me whether it is possible to replace yet by still in the sentence below without change of the meaning?

    He's overweight and bald, and yet somehow, he's incredibly attractive.

    What is the difference between still and yet in such types of sentences?

    Thanks a lot.
    T.

    In your sentence "and yet" means "in spite of that" as in;
    "He's overweight and bald, in spite of that somehow, he's incredibly attractive."
    You could replace it with "still" and it would mean effectively the same thing. Used in this way "still" doesn't necessarily mean a continuation, although it can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In your sentence "and yet" means "in spite of that" as in;
    "He's overweight and bald, in spite of that somehow, he's incredibly attractive."
    You could replace it with "still" and it would mean effectively the same thing. Used in this way "still" doesn't necessarily mean a continuation, although it can.
    While I agree with bhaisahab that replacement of the word 'yet' with 'still' effectively means the same thing there is an element of surprise associted with yet, meaning that something was supposed to have occurred already, but probably hasn’t; Here you are surprised that instead of loosing his charmness, he's incredibly attractive.
    Similar examples: Canada is a rich country yet there is poverty.
    He is poor yet happy.


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    Re: still/yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Manas Ranjan Mallick View Post
    While I agree with bhaisahab that replacement of the word 'yet' with 'still' effectively means the same thing there is an element of surprise associted with yet, meaning that something was supposed to have occurred already, but probably hasnít; Here you are surprised that instead of loosing his charmness, he's incredibly attractive.
    Similar examples: Canada is a rich country yet there is poverty.
    He is poor yet happy.


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    I don't think that there is surprise associated with "and yet". In the well known phrase "So near and yet so far." for example, we are simply pointing out that even though we are close, there is still some distance to go.
    The same with your examples, if we say "Canada is a rich country and yet there is poverty." we are remarking that even though Canada is rich, poverty exists there.

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    Re: still/yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Manas Ranjan Mallick View Post
    [...] there is an element of surprise associted with yet meaning that something was supposed to have occurred already[...]
    Maybe, and yet ...

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    #7

    Re: still/yet

    How about:
    Frank hasn't left yet, so he is still here.

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