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    Is this sentence correct?

    Those girls are always young and good looking. If IT/THIS isn't STILL the case, they will be replaced by another.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunshine View Post
    Those girls are always young and good looking. If IT/THIS isn't STILL the case, they will be replaced by another.
    If it / this isn't still the case, they will be replaced by others.

    a girl = another
    girls = others


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    Thank you very much, but "it/this" and "still" are ok?

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    'still' is perfectly okay.

    still = immer noch; nach wie vor

    I personally would prefer 'this' as it stresses the crucial point of good looking more than 'it'. Grammatically both are fine.

    Just like the German sentence "Wenn das/dies/es nicht nach wie vor der Fall ist ...

    I think you would also prefer "dies" or "das", although "es" wouldn't be wrong. Your confusion about 'still' might result from German English lessons where 'still' is mainly mentioned with regard to present perfect tense. But it works with present simple too.
    Last edited by Snowcake; 11-Apr-2009 at 14:48.


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    OK, thanks! I've my problems with the IT.... when talking about a model, can you say IT? I wouldn't do that but I heard it sometimes.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    just a student.

    shouldn't we say "still" only in an affirmative sentence?

    is there any reason not to say "if it isn't the case yet"?

    just a student.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    just a student.

    I don't understand why using "still" (or "yet") in this sentence.

    if I got what you meant, isn't "If IT/THIS isn't the case, they will..." good enough to convey the idea?

    on the other hand, according to my very basic grammar, a negative should only go with "yet".

    is there any reason not to say "if it isn't the case yet"?

    just a student.
    not ... yet bears a different meaning than 'still'.

    If it isn't the case yet, we will do something about it in order to change it.

    We are not out of woods yet. So we still need strength and patience to overcome the difficulties completely.


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    I wouldn't have put the "still" in an affirmative sentence, either. My suggestion would be "if this isn't the case ANYMORE"

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    I think I'm taking the topic to another direction but the usage of still/yet is always very confusing to me.
    are there other words/expressions that would promptly substitute "still" in this case, please?
    I'm just trying to understand the meaning of "still" in this sentence.
    thanks.

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