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"I have not yet done it" vs "I have not done it yet"

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Are both correct? What is the difference?

 

Its something that's occurred to me before, but choice jumped out at me in an email I was writing.

 

Rob.

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The former sounds better ...

... the latter sounds like an excuse :P

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My brain went into thesaurus mode and translated them as such:

 

"I have not yet done it" = "I have not yet completed it"

 

"I have not done it yet" = "I have not started it yet"

 

 

 

I put up with too many lazy people I guess :(

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The former sounds better ...

... the latter sounds like an excuse :P

Agreed. Possibly because the former sounds more formal.

 

My brain went into thesaurus mode and translated them as such:

 

"I have not yet done it" = "I have not yet completed it"

 

"I have not done it yet" = "I have not started it yet"

Tbh I'm not sure that I agree. For instance, both would make sense if my brother called me from home and was referring to going to the post office. Either way he has not yet started it.

 

Rob.

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I like the first one.

 

Sounds kinda royal.

 

Humors aside, for me it just sounds more natural to say.

Edited by Mr.Twinkie

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Tbh I'm not sure that I agree. For instance, both would make sense if my brother called me from home and was referring to going to the post office. Either way he has not yet started it.

 

Rob.

Then I would be expecting the response of "I haven't got there yet" if we are talking an instant task (Such as checking a PO Box - Otherwise, if he's standing in line to purchase something, well, AusPost stores......) - The two responses you have provided I would expect in regards to a more time consuming task

 

I work in IT where I deal with text based communications constantly - As mentioned, I'm jaded when it comes to comprehension and working out what people really mean

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"Mom, this is my new car"

 

"This is my new car, Mom"

 

 

(ie, I don't see one as being 'incorrect')

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:)

 

 

 

I call it "Tyranny of text" Khir, and just pick up the 'phone usually:)

 

Cheers

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"yet" and "it" are both words I don't like ending sentences with.

 

If you wanted to be more general I prefer "It has not yet been done."

 

Also it does depend on contaxt.

Ie

 

I have not done it yet. I plan to have it completed by tomorrow.

or

I have not yet done it. Did you think it had already been completed.

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It is bad form to end a sentence with a preposition. -> Echo drago's post.

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On the other hand "it has not yet been done" out loud sounds like something only a douchebag would say.

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