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What is the meaning of still used in the following sentence

The revised draft merely says students may change one or more of their three languages in Grade 6 or 7, “so long as they still demonstrate proficiency in three languages (one language at the literature level) in their modular Board examinations some time during secondary school”.

I think without still it conveys the same meaning.

  • Still here means continue to. As you say, omitting still makes little difference to the meaning. – Ronald Sole Jun 6 at 11:34
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"Continue to"

Without still, the sentence would have a slightly different meaning. The students could have once demonstrated proficiency and therefore would qualify. Still implies they need an ongoing proficiency.

Please see the adverb definition in the OED for more info/examples.

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