Question sentences with Preset perfect + already / yet / still

I am wondering if the following sentence

Mr. Ahn wants to know Mary has shipped out the goods. So can I ask her like these?


1) If I surely expect her answer - Yes and I believe she has shipped out the goods.

Mr. Ahn: Have you shipped the goods already?


2) If I expect her not to ship out the goods.

Mr. Ahn: Haven’t you shipped the goods already?.


2) If I expect her answer - Yes or No

Mr. Ahn: Have you shipped the goods yet?


3) If I expect her answer - Perhaps No, and I guess she is going to do it.

Mr. Ahn: Haven’t you shipped the goods yet?


4) Just ask her about it, I expect any answer of hers.

Mr. Ahn: Have you shipped the goods still?


5) If I expect she doesn’t ship the goods until now.

Mr. Ahn: Still haven’t you shipped the goods?


PS: I surely guess 4) is wrong, am I right?


Most of your sentences are either wrong or very unnatural. Where did you find them?

You might want to take a look at this:


Hi again~! :wink:

I have learned theses usages by the native’s grammar postings.


After that, I have only one question.
I want to figure out the nuance between Yet and Already in a simple question, not negative question.

• Have you met her yet?
: If I expect a listener’s answer - Yes or No, As well I am not sure and see if the listener has met her. Just I guess the listener is going to meet her at some point.

• Have you met her already?
: I already know a listener has met her. When I am surprised at it or disbelieve or I don’t expect the listener to have met her, I can use this question.


You have described the difference between both questions correctly.


Broadly speaking the differences between ‘yet’ and ‘already’ are -

Yet - suggests ‘so far’ in the sense of ‘up till now’

‘Already - suggests something has been completed prior to the present.

Already is usually positive as in - I have already shut the door. - itt can also be used in a question form - Have you already shut the door?

Yet is like saying ‘not already,’which we wouldn’t say. It is used negatively, positively and interrogatively as in -

I have not shut the door yet. I have yet to shut the door. Have you shut the door yet?


Thank you.
By the way, may I delete most of my first post’s contents?
Because all contents in my first one are meaningless and it could only distract me later when I review this post in the near future :sweat_smile:

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Yes, you can if you do not want it to remain.

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Alan, I am reminded of my school days when our teacher advised us to use ‘yet’ in negative and positive statements, and in negative questions.
Now, I see that it is used in positive questions as well (Have you shut the door yet?)!
Thank you.


But yest is only used in a limited condition,isn’t it?

For example) Idioms.
have yet to do.
be yet to.

Except for them, as far as I know, I have to use Still in positive statements instead of Yet according to Longman dictionary.

PS: Currently I cannot edit my first post. could you erase it on behalf of me?


Please see Prof. Alan’s reply above.
By the way, why do you want to delete your first post which has led us to this whole discussion?