'have yet to do it' and 'have not yet done it'


I think that the two phrases 'have yet to do it' and 'have not yet done it' are interchangeable for the same meaning? Or sometimes they are but sometimes they are not interchangeable? If so, when do you experts think they are not interchangeable or interchangeable?


have yet to do something
used for saying that something has not happened or been done up to the present time, especially when you think it should have happened or been done



asked Jun 12 '14 at 14:05 Hans Contributor

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I agree with Macmillian. "I have yet to do" implies some regret and a little guilt that you haven't done something that you probably should have done by now. "I have not done it yet" is simply a binary statement to clarify whether or not you have done the thing, no guilt, regret or implication of anything else.

I have yet to finish the report I am writing, so I should get back to it!

link comment edited Jun 12 '14 at 14:36 Stephen Montague New member

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