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    #1

    so far vs as yet

    A Taiwanese teacher of English told me that so far and as yet have the same meaning, but as yet can only be used in negative sentences. Do native speakers agree with what he said?

    http://grammarist.com/usage/as-yet-as-of-yet/
    All the examples in the above link are negative.
    Last edited by sitifan; 29-Oct-2015 at 11:06.
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    #2

    Re: so far vs as yet

    The following is an anonymous reply, do native speakers agree with what he/she said?
    Anonymous:
    "So far" and "as yet," in the sense of "still," generally are interchangeable and used only in negative sentences, for example:
    "So far/As yet there's no word on the missing hikers." However, they can also be used in non-negative sentences, for example: "So far/As yet (i.e.: still) we have 100 lbs. of flour in the storeroom, which should last till the next supply ship comes."

    "So far" can also be used in the sense of "thus far" or "up till now," in a non-negative sentence, for example: "So far (thus far, up till now) we have used 400 lbs. of the 500 lb. store of flour in the storeroom. This leaves 100 lbs., which should last till the next supply ship comes." "As yet" cannot be substituted here.

    "So far" can also be used in the sense of "extremely distant," in a non-negative sentence, for example: "The series of huge waves and the undertow had swept me nearly 1000 yards from shore. I was so far out that the people on the shore looked like ants swarming on the sand." "As yet" cannot be substituted here.
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    #3

    Re: so far vs as yet

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    The following is an anonymous reply, do native speakers agree with what he/she said?
    Anonymous.
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    #4

    Re: so far vs as yet

    1. I have been to Japan for five times so far.
    2. I have been to Japan for five times as yet.
    #1 is supposed to be correct. Is #2 also acceptable to native speakers?
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    #5

    Re: so far vs as yet

    1. would be correct if you deleted 'for'.

    2. is incorrect with 'for' and unnatural without it.

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    #6

    Re: so far vs as yet

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Anonymous and others replied to your question: ‘So far vs as yet?’
    The above link does not go to the quoted post in question.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: so far vs as yet

    In BrE we use as yet when we are focusing on the event still to come. We use so far when we are focusing on the event which has already happened.

    You could think of the former as a negative idea. "I have been to Japan five times so far, and as yet have not visited Tokyo."

    However, I think it's true to say that in BrE casual speaking as yet would seem rather too formal. We would probably use still.

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