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Having seen Correct placing and usage of "yet", it sounds like it may be correct to say either "You have not created any items yet." or "You have not yet created any items."

Is one more correct than the other, or is it a matter of preference? The first personally sounds more correct to me, but I wanted another opinion!

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    The second sounds more formal to me. But I'm tired and not thinking well, and this is a comment, not an answer. – TRiG Jan 22 '14 at 23:24
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    My understanding is that both forms are correct. – DopeGhoti Jan 22 '14 at 23:42
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Both are completely correct, but "You have not yet *x*ed any items" is considered more formal, so it is significantly less likely to be spoken, as we tend toward informality in speech.

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    Yes, the unmarked position for an NPI adverb like yet or any more is at the end of the clause that contains the negative temporal statement that triggers it. But, like many adverbs, it can niche before the verb phrase of that clause. This is an unnecessary extra step, however, and calls attention to itself like any excess. – John Lawler Jan 23 '14 at 0:14
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My idea is that yet is used in negative or interrogative sentences and it is always placed at the end of the sentence, so probably it is more appropriate to use it in the second form. That's my stand.

  • Hi Raj, welcome to EL&U. Note that this site is a bit different from other Q&A sites: an answer is expected to be authoritative, detailed, and explain why it is correct - preferably by quoting a reference (e.g. a dictionary definition) hyperlinked to the source. We're not looking for ideas, probable solutions or a personal stance. For further guidance, see How to Answer. Make sure you also take the EL&U Tour :-) – Chappo Says Reinstate Monica Dec 16 '18 at 0:55
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A famous quote from a naval captain may apply. When asked if he would surrender he replied, "I have not yet begun to fight!"

Alternatives: I have not yet fought; I have not fought yet.. the past tense seems to distract from the message that you ain't seen nothin'...yet.

  • Note that the question is almost five years old. – Stefan Dec 15 '18 at 12:26
  • This doesn't answer the question, it merely offers an example and alternatives. It should therefore be a comment - please only use the Answer Box for answers. For further guidance, see How to Answer. Make sure you also take the EL&U Tour :-) – Chappo Says Reinstate Monica Dec 16 '18 at 0:59

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