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    What does 'yet' mean when it stands in the beginning of the sentence like that: 'Yet, although people were expected to learn English, it was never an official language.' ?

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    Re: Yet

    Quote Originally Posted by undeddy View Post
    What does 'yet' mean when it stands in the beginning of the sentence like that: 'Yet, although people were expected to learn English, it was never an official language.' ?
    You cannot use 'yet' in that sentence.


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    Quote Originally Posted by undeddy View Post
    What does 'yet' mean when it stands in the beginning of the sentence like that: 'Yet, although people were expected to learn English, it was never an official language.' ?
    I think the Russian word for this use of yet would be odnako; or perhaps Je or Bedb.
    Does that help?
    Bhaisahab, don't you think that in English, you could substitute nevertheless or however for this use of yet and arrive at more or less the same meaning?


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    Re: Yet

    Yes - I think you can - in the sentence. But to actually start a new sentence?

    It's like my use of 'but' above; and sometimes when we start a new sentence with 'and'. At times, we do for effect; but especially with 'yet', might it not be better after a semi-colon?

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    Re: Yet

    And in the context ('..., although') I don't see that it adds very much.

    I have the impression that this use of "yet" can sound a bit dated - Shakespeare certainly used it (when Othello is about to kill Desdemona: 'Yet I'll not shed her blood...')

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    Re: Yet

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    And in the context ('..., although') I don't see that it adds very much.

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    Yes, that was my point, with 'although', 'yet' is redundant and clumsy.

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    Re: Yet

    Quote Originally Posted by undeddy View Post
    What does 'yet' mean when it stands in the beginning of the sentence like that: 'Yet, although people were expected to learn English, it was never an official language.' ?
    well you should say "yet people were expected to learn English, it was never an official language."

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    Re: Yet

    So, in this case it's the same as 'nevertheless' or 'however', isn't it?


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    Re: Yet

    Quote Originally Posted by undeddy View Post
    So, in this case it's the same as 'nevertheless' or 'however', isn't it?
    Yes.

    Yet used this way is a conjunction. As David suggests, it is not a good idea to start a new sentence with a conjunction (although plenty of people do - and get away with it.)

    Why don't you let us have the sentence that precedes it?

    As Bob says, this use may be considered a bit outmoded (yet it certainly hasn't fallen into disuse to my way of thinking).

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    Re: Yet

    Thanks, guys.

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