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What's the difference between usage of 'Not yet' and 'Never yet' in the following sentences..

I've not yet tasted it.

I've never yet tasted it.

And is the second sentence grammatically valid?

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I've not yet tasted it or I've not tasted it yet imply that you expect to do so quite soon. Probably someone has asked how you like a present of food or drink they recently gave you.

I've never tasted it means that you have not tried that kind of food in your entire life. Never yet is grammatically valid, but I think it would only be used when the speaker wants to be very emphatic.

I've never yet lied about my age and I don't intend to start now!

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    I think the kind of context where never yet might occur as an emphatic usage is typified by They have never yet sustained such a defense as uttered in a courtroom context. Generally speaking, not yet strongly implies ...but expected to happen at some time in the future (or even overdue). But to my mind, that cited usage implies never have, and probably never will. Nov 20, 2021 at 15:01
  • @FumbleFingers Emphatic, yes. "I've met many fools in my life, but I've never yet come across as great a booby as you", my mother might have said. Nov 20, 2021 at 16:26
  • She would have said it affectionately. Nov 20, 2021 at 20:43
  • Thanks for the answer..
    – Garry302
    Dec 1, 2021 at 18:39
  • @FumbleFingers thanks a lot..
    – Garry302
    Dec 1, 2021 at 18:45

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