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Sentence improvement:

He has been working on the problem for a long time but is still not able to solve it.

I believe this sentence is correct. But the answer to of this question is to place yet in place of still. Any suggestions on this please.

  • There are two viable options: 1. He has been working on the problem for a long time but is still not able to solve it. 2. He has been working on the problem for a long time but is (still) yet to solve it. – Dog Lover Oct 4 '15 at 21:41
  • You might want to refer to this ELL post: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/30084/… – stangdon Nov 3 '15 at 15:04
  • Also, note that in some dialects of English, the meanings of "yet" and "still" are slightly different, so you might read a sentence like "Is your father alive yet?" which is completely acceptable in that dialect. – stangdon Nov 3 '15 at 15:11
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Don't think these are improvements (since both are longer), but these are also common ways of saying it.

He has been working on the problem for a long time but has not able to solve it yet.

or

He has been working on the problem for a long time but has not yet been able to solve it.

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    The first option should be "...not been able to..." – nnnnnn Jun 1 '16 at 22:24

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