As of Yet | Meaning, Alternatives & Examples
As of yet (or as yet) is an expression used to say that something has not happened up to now. The phrase, especially the version including ‘of’, is normally considered unnecessarily long-winded and best replaced with a more concise alternative such as ‘so far’ or ‘yet’.
Alternatives to as of yet
Many style guides consider ‘as of yet’ an example of unnecessary verbiage (i.e., excessive or redundant use of words) and advise against its use. It’s best to use a clearer and more concise alternative.
The word or phrase you use will depend on the context and on the position of ‘as of yet’ in the sentence. In many cases, you can simply drop ‘as of’ and retain the adverb yet.
When ‘as of yet’ appears at the beginning of a sentence, it doesn’t make sense to replace it with ‘yet’ alone. Instead, use an alternative phrase like ‘so far’.
‘As of yet’ is sometimes used as part of an adjectival phrase to modify a noun. In such instances, you can replace ‘as of yet’ with an adverb like ‘currently’ or ‘still’.
Not as of yet
Not as of yet is an expression meaning something has not happened up to now. It can be used as a part of a sentence or by itself in response to a question.
Like ‘as of yet’, it’s typically considered overly wordy. In most cases, ‘not as of yet’ can be replaced by the more succinct phrase not yet.
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Frequently asked questions
- What is a synonym for ‘yet’?
Some synonyms and near synonyms of yet include:
- As of yet
- So far
- Up to now
- What does ‘as of’ mean?
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