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might win yet

Post by navi » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:07 pm

1) I might beat this cancer yet.
2) I might still beat this cancer.

Is there any difference between the meanings of '1' and '2'?

3) Our team might win yet.
4) Our team might still win.

Is there any difference between the meaning of '3' and '4'?

Which should be used if there is a limited amount of time available?
That is the case in the second set of examples.

Which should be used if the event we are talking about is very unlikely? I think 'yet' might have such an implication.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Post by tony h » Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:28 am

Yet seems to imply the prediction was less likely, maybe preceded by a new glimmer of hope.

Still seems to err towards being a reasoned outcome.
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Re: might win yet

Post by Phil White » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:57 am

My initial reaction was that there was no significant difference, but I think that both Tony and you (as you imply in your question) are right.

"Yet" seems to imply "an outside chance" or "against the odds". "Still" does seem to imply that "time is running out", but that there is still a reasonable possibility.

But either formulation still works fine in either case. None of your 4 examples sound unusual, and I am not sure that the fine nuance (if it really is there) is consciously perceived by listeners.
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:16 pm

"Yet" is tricky and versatile.
I returned to the farm-market, and asked the Mennonite boy who was on duty at the time if they had "any basil-plants yet". The weeks had elapsed since I'd last asked, and I thought that surely they might have some started now. The boy's response indicated that they'd had some, but had possibly sold them all, already, "I think we might have some, yet".
"Still" and "yet" are interchangeable in the Pennsylvania-Germanic colloquy.
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Re: might win yet

Post by Rufus Miles » Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:19 pm

yes Yet slightly more difficult to achieve than Still in most situations.
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Re: might win yet

Post by trolley » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:11 pm

Yet, still it is commonly used.
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:41 pm

trolley
...and here we might add "so it is" or "once".
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Re: might win yet

Post by Erik_Kowal » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:32 pm

gdwdwrkr wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:41 pm
...and here we might add "so it is" or "once".
Could you please expand on that with a couple of examples?
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:20 am

Yet, still it is commonly used, so it is.
Our team might win yet, once.
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