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# Sentence Structure

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01 Aug 2008, 12:40
Hi guys, I am a non-native english speaker and was just wondering why the use of "yet" at the end of this sentence.

In the absence of any credible opposition, it is likely to stay in government for several years yet.

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01 Aug 2008, 12:43
I don't know why "yet" would be at the end of this particular sentence. It is redundant. Without seeing other examples, I'm not sure, but I don't think "yet" is ever going to be a great choice when used at the end of a sentence.

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Hi guys, I am a non-native english speaker and was just wondering why the use of "yet" at the end of this sentence.

In the absence of any credible opposition, it is likely to stay in government for several years yet.

thanks.

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01 Aug 2008, 12:44
i think it basically means henceforth, ie from now. but i agree, i'm not particularly fond of it in the sentence.
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01 Aug 2008, 19:10
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djsbee wrote:
Hi guys, I am a non-native english speaker and was just wondering why the use of "yet" at the end of this sentence.

In the absence of any credible opposition, it is likely to stay in government for several years yet.

thanks.

Consider the statement without YET :

In the absence of any credible opposition, it is likely to stay in government for several years

this is just a statement saying when there is no opposition,it will stay ....But does not stress on the first part of the statement.

if we see at the given statement with YET :
inspite of the absence of any credible opposition it is likely to stay in
govt

usage of YET :

1. At this time; for the present: isn't ready yet.
2. Up to a specified time; thus far: The end had not yet come.
3. At a future time; eventually: may yet change his mind.
4. Besides; in addition: returned for yet another helping.
5. Still more; even: a yet sadder tale.
6. Nevertheless: young yet wise.

If there were choice between above two scenarios the give scenario sounds better.
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02 Aug 2008, 14:37
i don't see a need to have 'yet' at the end of the sentence as it doesn't seem to add any value.
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