however vs yet what difference

what is difference between however and yet

English

Etymology

From Middle English however, how-ever, how-evere, equivalent to how +‎ ever. Compare also Middle English how-as-evere and howsoevere, how-so-evere (howsoever).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /hɑʊˈɛvə/
  • (US) enPR: houĕvʹər, IPA(key): /haʊˈɛvɚ/
  • (NYC) IPA(key): /hɑwɛvə/
  • Rhymes: -ɛvə(r)
  • Hyphenation: how‧ev‧er

Adverb

however (not comparable)

  1. Nevertheless; yet, still; in spite of (that).
    She wanted to go; however, she decided against it.
  2. (degree) To whatever degree or extent
  3. (manner) In whatever way or manner.
  4. An emphatic form of how.
    However were you able to do it?
  5. (obsolete) In any case, at any rate, at all events.
    • c. 1680, John Tillotson:
      Our chief end and highest interest is happiness : And this is happiness to be freed from all (if it may) [or] however from the greatest evils.

Synonyms

  • (nevertheless): nonetheless, notwithstanding, that said, still and all; see also Thesaurus:nevertheless
  • (to whatever degree): ad lib, howsoever, howso
  • (emphatic howin whatever manner): anyhow, howsoever, howso
  • (emphatic how): how + the dickens (see Thesaurus:the dickens)
  • (in any case): after all, anyway; see also Thesaurus:regardless

Translations

Conjunction

however

  1. In whatever way or manner.
    she offered to help however she could
  2. (proscribed) Although, though, but, yet.

Usage notes

  • Both conjunctive uses of “however” are identical to adverbial uses except in punctuation (when written) and in prosody (when spoken). Hence, the following proscribed sentence:
    is equivalent to the following accepted one:
    which can also be written in two sentences::
    they are functionally equivalent to:
    • He told me not to do it, but I did it.
  • In particular, when used as a conjunction in this sense, however always appears between the clauses it connects; it does not introduce a subordinate clause that can be moved to the start of an independent clause, but simply coordinates two independent clauses.

References

  • however in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • “however” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • “however (degree)” in Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • “however (despite)” in Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • “however (way)” in Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • “however”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
  • Random House Webster’s Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)

Anagrams

  • everwho, whoever


English

Pronunciation

  • (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /jɛt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛt

Etymology 1

From Middle English yet, yit, from Old English ġīet, gȳta, from Proto-Germanic *juta (compare West Frisian jit, jitte (yet), Dutch ooit (ever), German jetzt (now)), compound of (1) *ju (ever, adverb) (see aye), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew-, accusative of *h₂óyu (long time) and (2) the Proto-Germanic *ta (to,towards) , from Proto-Indo-European *do. More at aye and -th.

Adverb

yet (not comparable)

  1. Thus far; up to the present; up to some specified time.
    1. In negative or interrogative use, often with an expectation or potential of something happening in the future.
    2. In negative imperative use, asking for an action to be delayed.
      Don’t switch it on yet – wait until I’ve reconnected the pump.
    3. (poetic or archaic) In affirmative use: still.
      • 1730, Joseph Addison, The Evidences Of The Christian Religion
        facts they had heard while they were yet heathens
  2. At some future time; eventually.
  3. (after ‘have’ and certain copulative verbs, followed by an infinitive) Not as of the time referenced.
  4. In addition.
  5. (degree) Even.
Synonyms
  • (up to some specified time): even now, still, erenow, so far, to date; see also Thesaurus:hitherto or Thesaurus:formerly
  • (at some future time): at last, in time, sooner or later; see also Thesaurus:eventually or Thesaurus:subsequently
  • (not at the time referenced): still
  • (in addition): besides, further, moreover; see also Thesaurus:additionally
  • (even): still
Derived terms
  • as yet
  • not yet
Descendants
  • Sranan Tongo: ete
Translations
References

Conjunction

yet

  1. Nevertheless; however; but; despite that.
    • Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; [].
Synonyms
  • be that as it may, even so, withal; see also Thesaurus:nevertheless
Derived terms
  • as yet
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English yeten, from Old English ġēotan (to flow, pour), from Proto-West Germanic *geutan, from Proto-Germanic *geutaną (to flow, pour), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰewd- (to pour). Cognate with Scots yat (to pour, yet), West Frisian jitte (to scatter, shed, pour), Dutch gieten (to pour, cast, mould), German gießen (to pour, cast, mould), Swedish gjuta (to pour, cast). Doublet of yote.

Alternative forms

  • yit
  • yete (obsolete)

Verb

yet (third-person singular simple present yets, present participle yetting, simple past yet or yetted, past participle yet or yetted or yoten)

  1. (obsolete) To pour.
    • 1502, William Atkynson (translator), De Imitatione Christi, in 1893, John Kells Ingram, The Earliest English Translation of the First Three Books of the De Imitatione Christi, page 221:
      [] & stablenes of perseueraunce; graunt me for all wor[l]dly consolacyons the swete, gracyous vnccyon of the holy goost, & for all carnall loue / yet into my soule the loue of thyne holy name.
    • 1509 (edition published 1874), Alexander Barclay (translator), The Ship of Fools (originally by Sebastian Brant), page 211:
      Some with a fals herte, and a payntyd face / In his lordes seruyce to haue chefe rowme and place / Into his lordes erys yetyth secretly / Lyes venemous, []
  2. (obsolete outside dialects) To melt; found; cast (e.g. metal, by pouring it into a mould when molten).
    • 1531 (edition reprinted 1880), Thomas Elyot, The Boke named the Gouernour, page 48:
      [] whiche shall present him selfe openly stained or embrued with sondry colours, or poudered with the duste of stones that he cutteth, or perfumed with tedious sauours of the metalles by him yoten.

Noun

yet (plural yets)

  1. (dialectal) A metal pan or boiler; yetling.

Etymology 3

From Middle English yeten, ȝeten, from Old English ġietan.

Verb

yet (third-person singular simple present yets, present participle yetting, simple past yot, past participle yotten)

  1. (nonstandard, West Country) To get.

References

  • yet at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • yet in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • -ety, Tye, ety, t’ye, tey, tye

Cahuilla

Noun

yét

  1. female (animal)

Scots

Etymology

From Old English ġīet, gȳta, from Proto-Germanic *juta.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [jɛt], [jɪt]

Adverb

yet (not comparable)

  1. yet, up to now, now as before, at present, still

Tok Pisin

Etymology

From English yet.

Adverb

yet

  1. still
  2. already
  3. yet


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