I am a english student passionate about learning the language but sometimes I find some contradictory meanings (in my humble opinion).
yet is one of the cases.
Since I also research by myself, I have looked this up in the Collins dictionary and I have found this:
- nevertheless; still; in spite of that ⇒ I want to and yet I haven't the courage, she is strange yet kind
(usually used with a negative or interrogative) so far; up until then or now ⇒ they're not home yet, is it teatime yet?
(often preceded by just; usually used with a negative) now (as contrasted with later) ⇒ we can't stop yet
(often used with a comparative) even; still ⇒ yet more potatoes for sale, yet another problem family
eventually, in spite of everything ⇒ we'll convince him yet
See as yet
I have realised it has a lot of different meanings. Looking closely at the meanings in which the word acts as and 'adverb', the 1st meaning (which refers to
already) is the opposite of the 3rd one. Despite the other meanings, and supposing I have understood the matter correctly and this is as I have explained (if not please leave a comment), how are these two meanings used and how can I easily mark the distinction between both (because since they mean different things, I don't want to express myself ambiguously)? Is it, as I think, depending on the context and whether the sentence is positive/negative/interrogative? Or is any other thing I am not aware of?
Could you please explain it to me, please?
Thank you very much for your time.