“They are asking you to put your life on the line and not paying you —, it's ridiculous,” said Donald Mihalek, 49, a 20-year Secret Service veteran whose own retirement paperwork has yet to be processed because of the shutdown.

I think here it means didn't happen.

By my colins bilingual dictionary

No decision has yet been made. 尚未作出决定。

"No decision has yet" means didn't happen. So "decision has yet ..." should be means happened?

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    I'm having difficulty understanding your question, since both examples you give indicate that nothing has happened. If I interpret your last sentence correctly, are you actually asking if X has yet to be Yd is the opposite of no X has yet to be Yd? – Jason Bassford Jan 8 '19 at 9:23
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    “has yet to” == "has not done yet". – dan Jan 8 '19 at 9:52
  • @dan, 其实我想问的是yet为什么被翻译成“已经”,但有时候却表示“尚未”。这不是矛盾的吗?我翻译不出来这句话,请英语好的@dan同学帮忙翻译翻译。 – Zhang Jan 9 '19 at 1:17
  • @Zhang "have yet to" or "be yet to" is a set phrase. You can search it in different dictionaries. – dan Jan 9 '19 at 2:12

No decision has yet been made.

This means that it has not happened, but it might or will in the future. The word order is a little weird, though, as I would probably say, "No decision has been made yet."

A decision has yet been made.

A native English-speaker would probably not say this. It just sounds too weird and confusing.

A decision has yet to have been made.
A decision has not been made.
A decision has not been made yet.

Either of these sound a lot better than the second sentence and mean basically the same thing as "No decision has been made yet."


according to Longman dictionary


You use yet in negative statements to indicate that something has not happened up to the present time, although it probably will happen. You can also use yet in questions to ask if something has happened up to the present time. 尚 (用于否定句); 已经 (用于疑问句)

Yes, that it is. The dictionary explained it.

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