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    pretty so far

    The family got the girl the christmas tree she wanted. When they walked into the room, she said:

    "That's pretty so far"

    What's the meaning of "so far" here? coz I think that "pretty" here is like "quiet"

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: pretty so far

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    The family got the girl the christmas tree she wanted. When they walked into the room, she said:

    "That's pretty so far."

    What's the meaning of "so far" here? coz I think that "pretty" here is like "quiet"

    Thanks a lot
    "coz" is not an English word.
    Do you mean "pretty" is like "quiet" or 'quite', or something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    The family got the girl the christmas tree she wanted. When they walked into the room, she said:

    "That's pretty so far"

    What's the meaning of "so far" here? coz I think that "pretty" here is like "quiet"

    Thanks a lot
    Not exactly. Here ‘pretty’ as adjective describes the instant reaction of the girl at the first sight of the Christmas tree. It is obviously positive. ‘so far’ is an idiom having one meaning; Up to this point or up to now or at that very moment.
    So it should mean: The girl expressed her appreciation for the thing as it looked graceful to her at that very moment.


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    Re: pretty so far

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    The family got the girl the christmas tree she wanted. When they walked into the room, she said:

    "That's pretty so far"

    What's the meaning of "so far" here? coz I think that "pretty" here is like "quiet"

    Thanks a lot
    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Not exactly. Here ‘pretty’ as adjective describes the instant reaction of the girl at the first sight of the Christmas tree. It is obviously positive. ‘so far’ is an idiom having one meaning; Up to this point or up to now or at that very moment.
    So it should mean: The girl expressed her appreciation for the thing as it looked graceful to her at that very moment.

    This could be one explanation but I am afraid I do not think this is a good one. I shall give my humble opinion. The next posters can judge it but I believe it is right one.

    According to one of the usage of "so far" or "yet", (and this particular usage took my fancy) they are used after a superlative.

    Examples: best car so far, greatest example so far etc.

    It did not give any other explanation or meaning. So there is no meaning of "so far" here. As there are several other phrases in English which are not used for their meaning but stress.

    So it has only been used for stress.

    The girl being small (as appears from usage of "so far" in the sentence in example) used it after "pretty" and not "prettiest" or "best".

    And yes I agree (as is evident from my explanation) that "pretty" is an adjective and not an adverb.

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    Re: pretty so far

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    The family got the girl the christmas tree she wanted. When they walked into the room, she said:

    "That's pretty so far"

    What's the meaning of "so far" here? coz I think that "pretty" here is like "quiet"

    Thanks a lot
    It's a slightly odd sentence, but as far as I can tell it means that she thinks that the tree looks pretty (nice/beautiful) at the time she is looking at it. I imagine that the tree has only been partly decorated and she expects it to be decorated more. "So far" (up until now) it looks pretty. It could, of course, become more or less pretty depending on what happens to it from now on!

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    Re: pretty so far

    No, it's not decorated at all. It was a natural tree, they have just cut it from the wood.

    Can "so far" here means "huge"?... I thought of that because we sometimes say "don't go that far" for example. so it carries here the meaning of "exaggeration"

    Please, I'll be waiting for your reply

    Thanks

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    Re: pretty so far

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    No, it's not decorated at all. It was a natural tree, they have just cut it from the wood.

    Can "so far" here means "huge"?... I thought of that because we sometimes say "don't go that far" for example. so it carries here the meaning of "exaggeration"

    Please, I'll be waiting for your reply

    Thanks
    No. So far can only be used to describe distance or time.

    1) London is 50km away. I decided not to go because I didn't want to travel so far. (Distance)

    2) I need to buy 20 chocolate bars. I only have 10 so far. (Time)

    When people say "that far/too far" in the context of an action, they are referring to the extent of the action. For example:

    You only needed to hit him once. You hit him 25 times! You went too far!

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    Re: pretty so far

    So what is the meaning then.
    Then cut the tree, went back to home with the tree. The girl said "That's pretty so far"

    IT is not decorated or anything.

    the meaning "uptill now" doesn't suit the context at all.

    I don't know whay she said that!!!

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    Re: pretty so far

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    So what is the meaning then.
    Then cut the tree, went back to home with the tree. The girl said "That's pretty so far"

    IT is not decorated or anything.

    the meaning "uptill now" doesn't suit the context at all.

    I don't know whay she said that!!!
    I'm equally confused now. So she walked into a room, saw a completely bare Christmas tree, and decided to say that she thought it was "pretty so far". That seems to be a completely inappropriate thing to say!

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    Re: pretty so far

    I agree it sounds pretty (!) odd. It suggests either that the girl prefers natural Christmas trees without ornamentation, or that she knows that she will dislike her parents' choice of decorations, or that she likes the natural look of imperfect symmetry which her father - it's usually him - is bound to screw up by cutting bits off! ('So far' certainly doesn't mean 'huge' - unless that's a bit of teenage slang that's passed me by.)

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