13 years for TV and yet only 5 years for the Internet


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Hello, I have a text about the Internet, and there's a sentence where I see: yet + only.

To get the sentence I think I should write one stands before: In the begining it was used by academics, but in the 1990s its popularity boomed in a way that had never been seen before. To illustrate this, it took 38 years for radio to reach 50 millions users, 13 years for TV and yet only 5 years for the Internet!

I looke it up, but I haven't found what could fit here.

Perhaps in this sentence 'yet' is written to emphasize that for the Internet it took only 5 years, like: Wow! So little! When it had taken a lot more for others.

To show how one things differs from others, we can use 'yet'? I'll try to make a sentence: All the class has gotten bad grades, yet only Sam has gotten a good one. Is it right to use it so?

The main question of mine is: How would it differ with no yet in the sentence?

Would you explain this? Thank you a lot in advance! :)
  • JulianStuart

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    English (UK then US)
    You have the answer in your blue text - it is only for emphasis.

    The relevant entry reads:

    1. (used to add emphasis to an adjective or adverb) even;
      even to a larger extent:We'll have to use yet greater strength.
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    English - Northeast US
    "Yet" often says that <what comes next> contrasts with <what came before>, and is surprising for that reason:

    We submitted 50 entries, yet failed to win even once.
    She has dated many men, yet is still a virgin.
    He is handsome, wealthy, honest and sincere. He's the perfect husband, yet I do not want him.

    Your examples:

    All the class has gotten bad grades, yet only Sam has gotten a good one.:cross:
    All the class has gotten bad grades; only Sam has gotten a good one.:tick:
    (Using a semi-colon lets you combine two full sentences. A comma does not.)

    "Yet" is used to introduce something unexpected or unpredicted:
    Sam is a poor student, yet he got the best grade on the test.:tick:
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    English - Northeast US
    As an adverb modifying an adjective, "yet" simply adds emphasis. But a different "yet" is used in the red text in post #1.

    Here "and yet" is a conjunction: "and yet (it took) only 5 years for the internet."

    That meaning is given as "nevertheless" in our dictionary. The dictionary includes these examples:

    The essay is good, yet it could be improved.
    she is strange yet (she is) kind
    I want to and yet I haven't the courage
    I'm not convinced, doji. The simplest path is not to add words, but analyze thus:

    adverb: yet

    1. still; even (used to emphasize increase or repetition).
      "snow, snow, and yet more snow"
      synonyms: even, still, further, in addition, additionally, besides, into the bargain, to boot, on top (of that)
      "he supplied yet more unsolicited advice"

    "Yet" in the phrase 'yet only five years' is, in my opinion, an adverb.


    It does not mean, here, nevertheless and does not introduce a clause. {The following, in my opinion, does NOT apply:}

    1. nevertheless; in spite of that.
      "every week she gets worse, and yet it could go on for years"
      synonyms: nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, but, however, still, notwithstanding, despite that, in spite of that, for all that, all the same, just the same, at the same time, be that as it may;
      archaic natheless
      "he was doing nothing, yet he appeared purposeful"
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