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    Hi there,
    I don't know understand why the present tense is used instead of 'present perfect tense' with 'yet' in the following sentence. Why the writer used present simple tense. I thought 'yet' should go with 'perfect tense', is that always true?


    John was injured in an accident this morning. His condition is not yet known.


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    Re: yet

    Post the sentence as you think it should be.

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    Re: yet

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Post the sentence as you think it should be.


    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    .... I thought 'yet' should go with 'perfect tense', is that always true?


    John was injured in an accident this morning. His condition is not yet known.


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    pete
    Incidentally, the 'yet' and the verb you're talking about are in different sentences. If the 'yet' was in the first sentence, 'John has not been injured yet.' [No 'this morning']. Or if you want a present perfect in the second sentence, 'His condition has not been determined yet.'

    But, as David L said, let us know how you think the sentence should be.

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    Re: yet

    hi there,

    I thought the sentence should be
    'His condition has not yet been known.' because I was taught to use 'perfect tense' with 'yet' when I was at school.

    thanks

    pete

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    Re: yet

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    hi there,

    I thought the sentence should be
    'His condition has not yet been known.' because I was taught to use 'perfect tense' with 'yet' when I was at school.

    thanks

    pete
    The trouble with that is that "being known about" is a state, and 'yet' refers to events. You can make the event be the beginning of the state like this:
    His condition has not yet been analysed/determined.
    Or
    Doctors have not yet discovered/begun to look into his condition.
    Or even (if it's busy in A&E )
    Assessment of his condition has not yet started.

    If you want to keep the "known" you could possibly even say "His condition has not yet come to be known" - but that sounds a bit stilted to me.

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