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1- As yet it is not known whether the crash was the result of an accident. (Original)

2- Yet it is not known whether the crash was the result of an accident.


3- The report remains unfinished as of yet. (Original)

4- The report remains unfinished yet.

In these sentences above, can I use "as (of) yet" instead of "yet" as in 2 and 4 ?


I have one more question: A dictionary says "as yet" implies a meaning "said thing will definitely be changed" Is that always true?

Dictionary: As yet means ‘up to now, but the situation will definitely change’. We only use it in negative contexts.

And gives example :

The film shows you the most typical places, as yet untouched by tourism, and how to get there.

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"As of yet" does not exist as an English expression. It seems to be a blend of "as yet" and "as of now". (I would not say "as of now" in any context, but many people do).

"As yet" means "so far", "up to now".

"Yet" can also mean "so far", "up to now" in some contexts, but cannot stand first in a clause with this meaning, because in that position another meaning "even so" or "even if" takes precedence.

So your 1) is normal. Your 2) is grammatical, but has quite a different meaning.

3) I would call ungrammatical.

4) is grammatical, but not idiomatic, but I'm not completely sure why not. I think it is because yet (in that sense) requires an explicit negator, not the implicit one in "unfinished". So

The report isn't finished yet. is idiomatic, but

The report is unfinished yet. is not idiomatic, for me. I would say "so far", or "as yet".

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  • Thank you very much. Could you explain the meaning of sentence 2 ? This version seems okay to me : It is not known whether the crash was the result of an accident yet. (+ This sentence uses explicit negator- is not.) – Talha Özden Jul 8 '19 at 10:44
  • Sentence 2 means "Even so, it is not known ... ". It expresses that, though whatever came before might lead you to think that it would be known, it is not. There is no expression of time in it. Your sentence in your comment is find, @TalhaÖzden – Colin Fine Jul 8 '19 at 16:44
  • Thank you. Would you use "The report is unfinished as yet. " or "The report is as yet unfinished." ? – Talha Özden Jul 9 '19 at 12:26
  • Either, @TalhaÖzden – Colin Fine Jul 9 '19 at 17:07
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    @TalhaÖzden: I find but nobody as yet knows to be grammatical, but not idiomatic. But as yet nobody knows is idiomatic, for the same reason as your original 1) is better than 2): yet would have a different meaning from as yet there. – Colin Fine Jul 14 '19 at 23:15

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