I saw there are a lot of meanings of yet. For example, looking at Merriam-Webster I found these possible meanings:

  • Besides, in addition
  • Even
  • on top of everything else, no less
  • so far
  • so soon
  • still
  • eventually
  • however, nevertheless

Similar with ever: always, in any time, in any way, ...

But then while watching the lyrics of Lost in Thoughts All Alone from the game Fire Emblem Fates, I couldn't decide which of those would fit better:

You are the ocean's gray waves, destined to seek
life beyond the shore just out of reach.
Yet the waters ever change, flowing like time
the path is yours to climb.

For me, I would think as ‘even (if) the waters in any way change’, but not really sure. Another possibility would be ‘however the waters always change’. What is your opinion? Is definitely one specific meaning of yet and ever that is involved into that sentence or the authors left on purpose the ambiguity because it's a song?

  • Punctuation of that seems a bit odd, so it's hard to parse. (Are these lyrics from a random website, rather than something properly published and edited?) Should probably have a semicolon or something after time. But at the start of a sentence it normally has a concessive quality, meaning still or however.
    – Stuart F
    Dec 18, 2023 at 14:52
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    The sense as cited is yet = still, but, nevertheless,... Dec 18, 2023 at 14:55
  • @StuartF The song is of a game, I took the lyrics from the fandom website. I updated the link
    – tac
    Dec 18, 2023 at 14:56
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    Asimismo las aguas siempre cambian.
    – Lambie
    Dec 18, 2023 at 16:22
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    The lyric is somewhat opaque and its logical flow isn't clear. Most likely yet would mean "nevertheless" or "however" but that line is an apparent non sequitur, unless the meaning is that the person will somehow be able to climb after the waters change in some way, and they are always changing. At any rate, it's elliptical and there will be no definite answer here. Dec 18, 2023 at 17:21


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