StillWritten by Scott Dreyer
Just now I was teaching a male high school student in Shenzhen, South China, in his 1 on 1 English class. We were reading an Indian legend about the Northern Lights, and he asked about the word "still" in this passage:
"The chief often worried about his son. He did not see the boy run and play with other children in the village. Still, the boy would disappear for hours at a time. His parents were never quite sure where he would go."
The student knew "still" meant "continuing," but that made no sense in this case. He asked a great question! Actually, "still" has MANY meanings.
1. to continue or keep on
Joy is still learning English with DreyerCoaching.com. (Meaning: Joy has kept learning English with DreyerCoaching.com for a long time and continues to do so.)
2. to show a contrast (like "but" or "however")
It's winter here. Still, it has not snowed much. (Meaning: Even though it is winter, it has not snowed very much, which seems unusual.)
3. to be quiet
Keep still so mom and dad don't hear us!
4. to make no movement
The baby deer stood still; no one even saw her.
5. to describe water that does not move
It's beautiful to look at a still lake; the water is almost like a mirror, reflecting the sky and clouds.
6. to describe weather without wind
Yesterday was windy but it's still today.
7. the equipment to make whiskey
The police found an illegal still in the woods.
A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.dreyercoaching.com/en/about/scott-dreyer
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