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I want to know what the word 'yet' means in the interrogative sentence. 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? Please help me! Thanks!^^
May 28, 2015 12:36 AM
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To me, the sentence implies that he should have already been up.
May 28, 2015
Actually it is bizarrely the opposite. Rather than indicating "surprise" that her husband is already up it in fact indicates a belief that the husband "ought to have been" up already. For example, "are you ready yet" would be used if you thought someone was taking too long and wanted to hurry them up. The implication is that you expected them to be ready some time ago and you are surprised they are not.
May 28, 2015
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