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In the following sentence, is using of yet correct?

Inserts settlement in a duty that needs it, in the most suitable yet available place.

It seems to me that I must use still instead of yet but at the same time the sentence with still does not sound right.

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    Do you mean "Most suitable place that is available at this time" or "the most suitable place that is also available"?
    – JeffSahol
    Jun 19, 2012 at 13:33
  • I don't understand the first part of the sentence, myself: "Inserts settlement in a duty that needs it"? Jun 19, 2012 at 16:35

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If you want to use "still", you have to say

... in the most suitable place still available.

You can't use the adverb still (unlike very) on an adjective that precedes the noun. So not

*I am looking for a still available apartment,

but one of:

I am looking for an available apartment,
I am looking for an apartment that is still available.

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  • As for point #2, could you hyphenate it? "I am looking for a still-available apartment." That could be used in this context: "I know there were many apartments available last month; I'm looking for a still-available apartment." (It's not necessarily how I would pose the question, but your answer got me curious.)
    – J.R.
    Jun 19, 2012 at 19:16
  • @J.R. I don't think it's grammatical even when hyphenated. I can't find any grammar discussions on the web about this, though. Jun 19, 2012 at 19:24
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I think what you mean is '.. the most suitable place available at that time'. There isn't a way to simply imply that a more available place may come to exist appear in the future.

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You can't substitute "still" because "yet" as it used there has a similar meaning to "but."

"Yet" is also used to mean surprising contrast.

She is gentle yet assertive.

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  • I thought so too, but what would the sentence mean then? "Most suitable but still available?" As opposed to normally suitable and unavailable?
    – SF.
    Jun 19, 2012 at 14:43
  • Hi SF! It sounds a bit like non-native English. I suppose by "most suitable yet available" they mean a place might be suitable but when you get around to checking its availability, it can't be engaged. Probably written in the context of highly-in-demand facilities?
    – Cool Elf
    Jun 19, 2012 at 14:52

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