Honey, are you up yet?

In this sentence, the exact meaning of the word "yet" in an interrogative sentence is surprisingly already? Does 'Yet' convey that the speaker didn't expect her husband to get up now, but surprisingly, he is already up?

  • Just the opposite: it implies that he's supposed to be up now but she fears he isn't. Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 0:12
  • Honey, are you still not up?
    – user6951
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 1:06
  • Thanks!! I have one more question about that. Then, how different is it from "aren't you up yet?" when a positive interrogative containing "yet" already has a negative impression akin to a negative interrogative? Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 5:37

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It means have you completed X or have you finished X (or is X ready?) where X is something taking multiple steps, dependent on some condition, or consumes a duration of time.

Did you find the missing book yet?

Getting up can mean to awaken and get out of bed - you can be awake and still lying in bed, which would mean you have yet to fully get up.

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