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Reply to "the use of ‘still’ in a sentence"

Hi, Maxine—There are two independent clauses in that sentence ("Mike loves watching birds" and "he likes going shopping"), and they are coordinated by the conjunction "but." "Better still" (a variation of "better yet") is a parenthetical expression introducing the second independent clause.

  • Mike loves watching birds. Better still, he likes going shopping.
  • Mike loves watching birds. Better yet, he likes going shopping.

The idea is that, although the fact that Mike loves watching birds is good, the fact that Mike likes going shopping is even better / still better / better yet.

Thank you for your helping.

I still have a question. Can I rewrite the first example sentences you’ve given into”Mike loves watching birds, better still, he likes going shopping.”?

I appreciate your help very much.

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