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    Not yet

    If Im asked "How many children are you planning to have?", is it right to say "Im not thinking about it yet", i.e., can I use present continuous and yet in the same sentence? If so, would there be a more common reply?

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    Re: Not yet

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    If Im asked "How many children are you planning to have?", is it right to say "Im not thinking about it yet", i.e., can I use present continuous and yet in the same sentence? If so, would there be a more common reply?
    Use the present perfect with 'yet'. 'I haven't thought about it yet.'

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    Re: Not yet

    In formal writing, yet in the sense "up to now" is normally used with an accompanying verb in the present perfect rather than in the simple past. Thus, one would say He hasn't started yet, not He didn't start yet. The use of yet with the simple past is common in speech and may be appropriate for informal writing.

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    Re: Not yet

    I see. On the other hand, I know that sentences like "I dont know yet" (simple present) are possible. My question is: instead of saying "The director hasnt arrived yet", could I say "The director isnt here yet"? Or instead of "Mom, Mary hasnt started cleaning her room yet", could I say "Mom, Mary isnt cleaning her room yet"?

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    Re: Not yet

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    If Im asked "How many children are you planning to have?", is it right to say "Im not thinking about it yet", i.e., can I use present continuous and yet in the same sentence? If so, would there be a more common reply?
    This is quite common in my dialect.
    How many children to have is something that people think about over a prolonged period of time. This woman (or man) hasn't been thinking about it; but one day she will be thinking about it.
    It can apply to anything that occurs over a period a time:

    A: We should eat more seafood. It will be quite cheap when we move to Redcliffe.
    B: We aren't living in Redcliffe yet.

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