Adverbs of Time
- ago / already / anymore / just / yet / still
These adverbs give
additional information about when something
means in the past. For example:
- I graduated university 3 years ago.
- We moved to Canada just 2 months ago.
used when something happens before it is expected.
- He's only 13, but he already speaks
- Can you finish this by tomorrow? Sure, it's
- You don't need to feed the dog, I've already
used when something has has changed from what
we expect. For example:
- I want to email her, but her address isn't
working anymore. (It worked before, but
- My friend used to live here, but she doesn't
live here anymore.
- I don't want to work here anymore.
(I wanted to work here, but no I don't like
Just is used
for something that happened very recently. For
- I just found out my test score, I got an A!
- What was that noise? - Sorry, I just broke
You can also use
Just about for something that will happen
- Are you finished? - Yes, I'm just about to
- I'm hungry. - If you wait 5 minutes, I'm just
about to make some lunch.
Still is used
when something happens for longer than expected.
- Did you get a new job? No, I'm still
working at my old one.
- She's 65 years old, but she still exercises
3 times a week.
Still is also
used to confirm that an activity or situation
is continuing and that nothing has changed.
- Are you still studying English? Yep,
I still study a little every day.
- Do you still want to go abroad? Of
course, I'd love to!
Yet is used
when something hasn't happened that is expected.
It is used negative sentences and questions.
- Are you finished? No, I'm not finished yet.
- Has the mail come yet? No, it's not
Still can be used
with a similar meaning. For example:
- My parents haven't arrived yet.
- My parents still haven't arrived.
Still in negative sentences and questions
often shows impatience or that something is
Note that yet is usually at the end of
the sentence, wheras still comes before
the negative form.