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  • vatrahos

    Senior Member
    American English
    That's a good explanation. The only thing I would add is this:

    When we say "have yet to" we emphasize the fact that this action has not yet happened, although it should have:

    - he hasn't answered me [no emphasis]

    - he has yet to answer me [it's been quite some time since I asked him and he still has not answered me, even though he should have]

    other examples:

    - He has read the Iliad but he has yet to read the Odyssey
    [it's a book he should have read by now, and he hopes to read it soon]

    - My friend went to the store this morning and he has yet to return
    [he should have returned by now, and I hope he does]

    - You have yet to actually witness it happen
    [you should have witnessed it happen, but you haven't yet]
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