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    may yet

    The changes may yet prove to be more profound than in Libya or Egypt.

    Does the above sentence mean the changes are likely to prove to be more profound than in Libya or Egypt?

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    Re: may yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    The changes may yet prove to be more profound than in Libya or Egypt.

    Does the above sentence mean the changes are likely to prove to be more profound than in Libya or Egypt?
    No. They may prove to be more profound... . It is possible.

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    Re: may yet

    What is the reason for adding the word "yet" in the above sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No. They may prove to be more profound... . It is possible.

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    Re: may yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    'The changes may yet prove to be more profound than in Libya or Egypt.'

    What is the reason for adding the word "yet" in the above sentence?
    See definition 3: Yet | Define Yet at Dictionary.com
    3. in the time still remaining; before all is done: There is yet time.

    Paraphrased: 'Before all is done, the changes may yet prove to be more profound than in Libya or Egypt.'

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    Re: may yet

    I am not sure what is "all" referring to in the phrase "before all is done". Therefore, I checked another dictionary and found its definition 3 as "At a future time; eventually: may yet change his mind."

    Do you think if it is correct to rewrite the sentence as "the changes may prove to be more profound than in Libya or Egypt eventually"?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    See definition 3: Yet | Define Yet at Dictionary.com
    3. in the time still remaining; before all is done: There is yet time.

    Paraphrased: 'Before all is done, the changes may yet prove to be more profound than in Libya or Egypt.'

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    Re: may yet

    Hi does anyone know if yet in my quoted sentence mean eventually? Thanks!

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    Re: may yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Hi does anyone know if yet in my quoted sentence mean eventually? Thanks!
    Yes! Used as adverbs, 'yet' and 'eventually' are synonyms.

    "The changes may yet/eventually prove to be more profound than in Libya or Egypt."

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