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How to Use "Still" in English

'Still' mainly functions as an adverb. In this lesson, we are going to discuss how to learn and use it.

Functions of 'Still'

'Still' as an Adverb

Basically, 'still' functions as an adverb. Below, we are going to learn all about the different kind of adverb it is:

'Still' as an Adverb of Time

'Still', as an adverb of time, indicates that someone has been doing something, despite the fact that we expected another outcome. Look at the examples below:

You're still into him?

How could she still remain faithful to her?

Position in a Sentence

Since 'still' is an adverb, it mainly modifies verbs and other adverbs; so, it mainly comes before the main verb. However, if the main verb is 'be', we must put 'still' after it. Check out the examples below:

Jeremy still goes to that church.

As you can see, 'still' is put before the main verb here.

Excuse me, but I'm still eager to do my duty.

As you can see, 'still' is positioned after the 'to be' verb.

'Still' as a Conjunctive Adverb

Conjunctive adverbs connect two independent clauses and show how they are related to one another. They show contrast, cause, and effect, provide examples, etc. Look at the examples below:

They told me to be careful about what I say. Still, I got emotional and ruined everything.

Margaret knows she has a lot to do. Still, she only feels like lying down and resting.

Position in a Sentence

As a conjunctive adverb, 'still' mainly comes at the beginning of the second independent clause to show how the two clauses show contrast. Check out the examples below:

Yes, I have feelings for you, but still, I will not give you a second chance.

They threatened to kill. Still, people voiced their concerns.


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