English Grammar Tips, Using Already, Despite, For, However, Nevertheless, Since, While, Yet
We can express a contrast by using the adverb nevertheless with two sentences. It is always followed by a comma.
- He was feeling very ill. Nevertheless, he went to work.
- My friends wanted to go outside. Nevertheless, it is raining.
- I really enjoyed that movie. Nevertheless, I prefer the book.
We use SINCE to talk about a point in the past, a specific point in time.
- He has lived here since 1993.
- I haven’t been on holiday since last year.
- Since his wife went away, he has been waiting for her.
While is a conjunction. It links two ideas that contrast with each other.
- While you help her, she doesn’t help anyone.
- While I like pop music my husband hates it.
- He is careful, while I take risks.
- While roaming around the city we saw many interesting sights.
Yet means that something that we expected has happened or hasn’t happened. We usually put it at the end of a sentence.
- Michael has bought a new dress but she hasn’t worn it yet.
- He hasn’t watered the flowers yet.
- Is lunch ready yet?
Already means that something happened earlier than we expected.
- I’ve already seen that film. I don’t want to see it again.
- Arriving at the bus station, I found the bus had already left.
- Have you already taken the money?
Despite expresses a contrast between two things. It is prepositional expressions.
- Despite being a millionaire, she lives in a very small flat.
- Despite her exhaustion, she tries to help us.
- Despite her young age, she did a very good job.
- Despite being a sunny day, it is cold.
We use FOR to talk about a length of time, a period of time.
- I have worked here for 8 years.
- They’ve been married for 30 years.
- She has been in prison for 6 months.
- I haven’t been on holiday for ages.
We can express a contrast by using the adverb however with two sentences. It is always followed by a comma.
- He was feeling very ill. However, he went to work.
- Some people disagree with this theory, however, it’s never been proven right.
- I really enjoyed that movie. However, I prefer the book.