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Could you please tell me if there is any difference in meaning between still and so far when used in negative present perfect sentences? For example:

So far I haven't found a job.

I still haven't found a job.

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  • Still implies more impatience I would say. So far is just stating the fact "I haven't found a job yet", whereas still is more like "I haven't found a job yet (but I wish I had!)". I can't explain why though, so I'm just commenting. I'm interested to see what others answer! Jan 22 at 12:27
  • @BeginTheBeguine, why do you think that is not an appropriate answer? It answers his question and is correct?
    – maxbear123
    Jan 22 at 14:00
  • @maxbear123, I'll put it as an answer then :) I wasn't sure I should put an answer when I can't explain why it's like that. But I suppose he didn't ask that! Jan 22 at 14:05
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Still implies more impatience.

So far is just stating the fact:

I haven't found a job yet.

Still comes across as:

I haven't found a job yet (and I wish I had!)

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"So far" indicates a progress report. So far I have sent my resume to 15 possible employers, but I haven't found a job.

"Still" gives emphasis that something is true despite a circumstance or expectation that it might not be. This could be time, as in your example - I still haven't found a job. It could be something else, which is often explained. Examples are They were down to 10 players but they still won. After the election Edward Heath was still the prime minister. He was told he had to do the job, but he still didn't do it.

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