In my another post (What is "intervening noun phrase"?), I left a comment to an answer

If I call it (people) "intervening noun", every one can still get what I refer to, right?

where I used the adverb still though, and lots of people use it in lots of situations, I don't know what type it is.

Cambridge Dictionary categorize "still" as "Time adverbs", another post classify it as "Connecting/linking adverbs". Neither seems appropriate here.

So, what type of adverbs "still" is here?

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The adverb came from the Old English adjective stille, meaning not moving. It is used in so many different contexts that to call it an adverb of time may not always seem helpful. But if you can see how the word's meaning evolved from 'not moving' to 'unchanged' to 'as before' its connection with time becomes clear. Your sentence means, roughly, "Everyone can, as they could before, get what I refer to."

You might like to study the first four subheadings here. All those examples are of its usage as a 'time adverb'. The other subheadings describe its other usages: still has a great many! When it is used like consequently or besides to join two clauses, it can be called a 'connecting adverb'.

  • Thanks. So, "still" in my example means "as before", therefor, it is a time adverb, right?
    – WXJ96163
    Mar 6, 2020 at 10:14
  • @WXJ96163 Yes, that's right. Mar 7, 2020 at 23:19

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