Yet another question about yet, It's really confusing!

Please help me parse this phrase:

Be honest yet witty

At school, we used to use yet in the past perfect[if I remember] Like when we say : he didn't came yet

But I found numerous of uses of yet like in headlines:

Yet another mathematical problem.

And so on,so how to use "yet"?

  • 1
    It should be 'he didn't come yet"
    – Maulik V
    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:28
  • only for *past perfect"? It's incorrect! This could be --a yet more interesting thing for you!
    – Maulik V
    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:30

2 Answers 2


Like many words, "yet" has several definitions.

It can mean "but" or "even though". It is generally used when expressing the idea that thing 1 is true, but thing 2 is also true. "Be honest yet witty" means "be honest, but at the same time be witty".

It can be used to refer to an event which as not taken place as of a specified time. It is generally used when you expect the event to happen eventually, or when you are still waiting for the event. "He hasn't arrived yet" means that, as of this moment, he hasn't arrived, but it implies that we do expect him to arrive sooner or later. If you don't expect him to arrive at all or you've given up waiting, you would leave off the "yet" and simply say "He hasn't arrived."

It can mean "even more" in phrases like "yet another" or "yet more". This is usually used as an intensifier. "Yet another mathematical problem" means you've already seen another, and now here is one more. It is typically used when you'd expect the quantity already seen to be enough. Depending on context getting "yet another" might be good or bad. Like, "Oh, yet another rude jerk to deal with", versus, "Oh, yet another delicious candy bar!"


With a little research you would have come across this site.

That site gives some great examples on how to use yet in a sentence. Such as:

1 - up till now/up till this time: has he come yet? I haven't seen him yet; I have nothing to say as yet.

2 - in spite of everything: he's not among the leaders but he could win yet.

3 - even: yet more people; he ate yet another cake.

It can also be a conjunction meaning still/but: she hasn't got many friends, yet everyone likes her.

To paraphrase your first sentence, it would be:

Be honest but nevertheless witty.

Yet another mathematical problem. This sentence uses yet, meaning: In addition, again.

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