They have to yet scooped it out.

The source is actually me. Could you correct any grammatical errors you spot?

My perception: There are still some quantity of the good available, even though many people rushed to Bazaars and markets to purchase it.

I noticed Longman has an example for using scoop this way:

if a lot of people scoop something up, they buy it quickly so that soon there is none left.

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    Unfortunately, your sentence is ungrammatical. Please check the source, and please make sure your understanding refers to the sentence you're referring to. – JMB Mar 22 '14 at 15:26
  • They haven't scooped it out yet sounds like something someone might say at a place where you buy ice cream. "I know I ordered a strawberry ice cream cone, but I can I change that to black raspberry?" Answer: Sure, they haven't scooped it out yet. – J.R. Mar 22 '14 at 15:58
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    @J.R. - Or the litter box... – Jim Mar 22 '14 at 17:15
  • Thank you so much. Thanks for your recommendations but I wanted to say something like this : They have yet to scoop it up. Is my interpretation now correct? There are still some of the goods available to perchace though many people have rushed to markets to buy that. – user5036 Mar 22 '14 at 17:59
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    Scoop (up) is a verb I'd reserve for an individual. "Did you get a new Xbox yet?" "No, I've yet to scoop mine up." However, if I'm asking if there are still some available at the store: "Is it too late to buy a new Xbox?" a friend might reply, "No, it's not too late – they have not yet sold out." – J.R. Mar 22 '14 at 18:16

The verb scoop means to buy something quickly. It might be used around Christmastime, in conjunction with a item that is selling fast:

People are scooping up these Xboxes like crazy!

Now, let's take a look at your sentence:

They have to yet scooped it out.

That's not quite right. I think what you're trying to express is:

A lot of people are scooping these up, but the store hasn't sold out yet.

People scoop up items, but stores sell out of items. And the scooping can start well before the sellout happens. Think about tickets to a championship football match: once the final matchup has been determined, fans of both teams begin scooping up the tickets. But the term scoop out is not used to describe when no more tickets are available; no one would say:

The tickets are all scooped out. [incorrect]


The tickets haven't been scooped out yet. [incorrect]

Instead, we would say:

The tickets are all gone. Fans scooped them up fast!


The game has been sold out. They've all been scooped up.

Now, you could say it in a way similar to how you were trying to say it – if we omitted the word "out", and included the word "all":

You can still get tickets! The tickets haven't all been scooped up yet.


Not all the tickets have been scooped up. A few are still available.

  • Thank you so much. Yes. I had better include the definition. Great eliciting by you. You are a great teacher. Actually I had a piece of fluff. I should have written up instead of out. By the way could you also simlipfy the part of your perevious comment and say what it means: I have yet to scoop mine up. Does it mean : my old xbox still works. ? – user5036 Mar 23 '14 at 6:22
  • Also what do you mean by saying reserve in the sentence I would reserve it for individual. Dear J -R I have yet to have all my doubts resolved yet! :) – user5036 Mar 23 '14 at 7:03
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    I have yet to scoop mine up simply means I haven't bought mine yet. It says nothing about my previous Xbox. Maybe I don't even own an old one. Maybe I own an old one, but I want the newer features of the latest version. Maybe my old one stopped working, so I need to buy a new one. Maybe I own an old one, but I want a new one for myself, so I'm going to give that old one to my kids. – J.R. Mar 23 '14 at 9:14
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    That "individual" comment is hard to explain. I was trying to comment on this phrase: They have yet to scoop it up. The word "it" is singular; the word "they" is plural. So, They have yet to scoop it up means a group of people has yet to by one item. They have yet to scoop them up is better, but that sentence is still rather vague by itself – too many pronouns. Plus, scoop is an active verb; it's awkward to talk about something not being scooped. Imagine I said: They have yet to do a somersault. That's a weird sentence, because groups of people don't usually tumble. – J.R. Mar 23 '14 at 9:23

I think you might be going for something involving “cleaned out”.

clean out (phrasal verb)

empty a place of objects or goods, especially by stealing or buying them in large quantities
Government soldiers moved in and cleaned the village out.
The supermarkets were cleaned out by panicking shoppers.

Source: Definition of “clean out” from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited

So I'd phrase it more like:

They haven't been cleaned out yet.

As the definition notes, this is an informal usage. To express this concept more formally, I'd say:

Customers have yet to deplete the supply.

There's also the concept of “scoop up

scoop up (phrasal verb)

to get something, usually something good or valuable, before someone else gets it
People arriving early scooped up fantastic bargains.
Source: Definition of “scoop up” from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited

This does connote an urgency in the action. Such a phrase might be:

They haven't all been scooped up yet.


You can still scoop one up.

You could even combine these two:

Scoop one up before stores are cleaned out!

  • I don't really like "exhaust the supply," but I love the rest of the answer. +1 – J.R. Mar 22 '14 at 16:18
  • @J.R. I struggled with that part and would happily substitute a suggested alternative. – Tyler James Young Mar 22 '14 at 16:20
  • I'd happily suggest an alternative, but I'm struggling with that, too. :^) – J.R. Mar 22 '14 at 16:20
  • @J.R. One of the things this place has taught me is how important context is to how I phrase things. It's really hard to know what I'd say without knowing who I'd be talking to and what we'd be talking about. – Tyler James Young Mar 22 '14 at 16:22
  • We often use wiped out: I went to get a new Xbox but they were wiped out. – Jim Mar 22 '14 at 17:12

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