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I've seen still used at the end of a sentence a lot of times. For example

  • "I love you, still"
  • "I would recommend you to do that, still"

Etc. Is it correct to use still this way?

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  • If what you're trying to do is use still in the sense nevertheless; all the same (i.e. - despite some unspecified contextually relevant factors implying that I might no longer love you, the enduring fact is that I do), the normal position for the adverb would be I still love you. Jul 30, 2017 at 19:10
  • Do they have to have commas? Jul 30, 2017 at 19:24
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    "I love you still" is virtually a fixed expression, with 'still' meaning 'to this very day'. The comma is rarely seen and arguably incorrect. This (terminal) positioning of temporal 'still' is poetic / archaic and has a very restricted distribution (even "I adore you still" sounds unacceptable). // Initial positioning for temporal 'still' is archaic/poetic and usually requires do-support and inversion (Still do I love thee). Concessive 'still' placed in initial position requires the usual offsetting comma. Medially positioned 'still' ("I still love you") may be either concessive or temporal. Jul 30, 2017 at 21:27
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    @EdwinAshworth Excellent summary. That said, in my Greater Toronto Area dialect at least, it can appear at the end of a sentence in spoken conversation either because it's an afterthought or is moved for emphasis: "I'm tending the garden, still" or "I'm planning to go to the mall still; want to join me?" In writing neither of those reasons applies so it stays preverbal. Aug 1, 2017 at 15:29
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    @SovereignSun I'm afraid I must discount opinions as to idiomaticity from someone who uses 'The CED must be mistaking, where can one often hear it?' Nov 2, 2017 at 20:42

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Yes.

This construct is used to clearly emphasize that the stated condition continues to be valid and accurate.

It is frequently used after the listener has expressed some doubt.

In Puerto Rico, thousands are without power, still. This is despite thousands of hours of work.

Wait, you buy DVD's...still? Everyone else just watches NetFlix.

It's just a different way to emphasize the temporal aspect of the activity.

The downvotes on this Answer are completely invalid and wrong and should be ignored. Especially since there is no comment.

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    I disagree. Even in speech I would never say that. I'd say something like, "I love you. I still do". It's not at all frequently used as you state. Nov 2, 2017 at 18:26
  • @SovereignSun Sorry, but this answer is complete correct. OP even indicated seeing this multiple times.
    – DTRT
    Nov 2, 2017 at 19:39
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    Instead of just asserting that your answer is correct, maybe finding credible sources that support your answer and editing your answer to include them would be a better approach. If one person has a doubt, there are probably more that will read this in the future and have the same doubt.
    – ColleenV
    Nov 2, 2017 at 19:56

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