(There are a few different ways to use this word.)

The word "yet" is an adverb that is used to talk about time. It means up to now or up to this moment in time.

  • She hasn’t finished doing her homework yet.
  • They didn’t get their newspaper yet.
  • Have you gone to the store yet?
  • Did Mr. Johnson leave for work yet?
  • I have yet to receive a call from them.
  • The children are not yet ready to return to their classrooms.

The word "yet" can also be used in a way that is similar to "more."

  • There’s yet another problem we have to take care of.
  • It was cold today. Yet colder temperatures are expected for tomorrow.

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Finally, the word "yet" can be used as a conjunction that is similar to the conjunction, "but" or "nevertheless."

  • Jim has become very successful, yet he still believes he has more to accomplish.
  • The economy is getting better, yet there are some people who can’t find jobs.

Note: Some students have trouble with the "y" sound when it appears at the beginning of a word. To practice listening to and forming "y" sounds, click here.

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This page was first published on December 17, 2012. It was updated on September 27, 2015.