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"the jury's finding amounted to the clearest verdict yet rendered upon the scandal"

This sentence is an example  of the usage of the word RENDER from The Online Oxford  Dictionary  of English. But I don't  understand  the meaning  of 'yet' in this  context, which would  be clear if there were "yet to be rendered" instead of 'yet rendered'.

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Hi, David Toklikishville,

The following are among the various definitions (and the examples thereof) listed in Oxford English Dictionary for ‘yet’.

Def. 1. Referring to the period preceding the present or some stated time, without necessarily implying continuance: Up to this (or that) time, till now (or till then), hitherto, thus far; with a superlative, or only, etc. = at any time up to the present. Usually implying expectation of possible change.

1815 Scott Guy M. xlviii, This is the queerest thing yet!   

1857 Buckle Civiliz. I. viii. 471 The most important event that had yet occurred in the history of French civilization.   

Def. 2. Followed by an infinitive referring to the future, and thus implying incompleteness (e.g. yet to be done, implying ‘not hitherto done’; I have yet to learn, implying ‘I have not hitherto learnt’).

Macaulay Hist. Eng. v. I. 564 The earl‥had prepared himself for what was yet to be endured.   

1885 Sir J. Bacon in Law Times Rep. (N.S.) LII. 569/2 None of them had been completely finished, the painting and papering being yet to be done.

If we replace yet with “till now” or thus far”, we can safely render the sentence under consideration thus:

1A. The jury’s finding amounted to the clearest verdict till now rendered upon the sandal.

Or better still as

1B. The jury’s finding amounted to the clearest verdict rendered upon the sandal till now.

However, if we were to use “to be rendered” instead, we would be referring to the verdict in question in the context of future, and the sentence would mean something like the following.

The jury’s finding (made in the past) amounted to the clearest verdict which is to be (will be) rendered upon the scandal (in future).

But, since the finding has already been made, and the finding constitutes a clearest verdict upon the scandal, the need to use a future tense does not seem to fit in, as there is evidently no incompleteness here.

I hope David, DocV, Gustavo or some other member would have some great insights to share with us.


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