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However, Maya hieroglyphs is really a bible for modern man, its mystery until today, yet to unlock.

  1. Would you please throw a light on whether or not the commas are put properly grammatically?

  2. Having taken into account the following, would you tell me if there has been the same usage of the word yet in context? if not, what's that?

    Explanations by Free Dictionary:. 'have yet to' Instead of saying that something 'has not yet happened', you can say that it has yet to happen. People often use this structure to show that they do not expect something to happen.

I have yet to meet a man I can trust.

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  • I think you're mistaken if you're supposing that people use yet to be to show that they "do not expect something to happen". In fact, it's almost precisely the opposite. If you say something is yet to happen (as opposed to hasn't happened) the strong implication is you accept/think/know that it will happen at some point in the future. Nov 28, 2014 at 16:17
  • Remaining as close to your original thought as possible, I'd rewrite as: "Mayan hieroglyphs are really a bible for modern man, their mystery, as of today, yet to be unlocked." However I think secret might be better than mystery as something to be unlocked.
    – Jim
    Nov 28, 2014 at 19:04
  • @Jim - 'is yet' for me; the rest I concur. The OP construction does stumble somewhat. Nov 28, 2014 at 20:53
  • Or has yet...
    – Jim
    Nov 28, 2014 at 20:56
  • What does this mean? If you say something is yet to happen (as opposed to hasn't happened)
    – nima
    Nov 29, 2014 at 8:10

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The grammatical phrase would be "yet to be unlocked", because "mystery" is the subject. A passive construction is required.

Also, you cannot have "until today" and "yet to be" together. Yet to be done means that it remains to be done -- in the future.

*hieroglyphs" is a plural. "is" is singular.

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  • And, what is the difference between its mystery until today yet to unlock and its mystery until today is/ has yet to unlock???
    – nima
    Nov 29, 2014 at 7:54
  • Other than that, I have not written them.
    – nima
    Nov 29, 2014 at 7:54
  • I cannot get this at all: you cannot have "until today" and "yet to be" together. Yet to be done means that it remains to be done -- in the future.
    – nima
    Nov 29, 2014 at 8:11

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