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    as of or as at the time of writing??

    which is correct??

    In Dr. Smith's report, he said John had headaches as at the time of writing.

    In Dr. Smith's report on John, he said John had headaches as of the time of writing.

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    Re: as of or as at the time of writing??

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    which is correct??

    In Dr. Smith's report, he said John had headaches as at the time of writing.

    In Dr. Smith's report on John, he said John had headaches as of the time of writing.
    'at'. The terms 'as of', 'as at' are ambiguous and best avoided completely.

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    Re: as of or as at the time of writing??

    Here, both sound more or less correct in that we do hear them, but as Ray says, they don't sound very good.

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    Re: as of or as at the time of writing??

    They're not ambiguous in this case. But when you have a sentence like "We've raised $300 as of last Saturday", it can mean "up until last Saturday" or "since last Saturday".
    "As at" is not so bad as "as of", but I still can't see the need for it.

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    Re: as of or as at the time of writing??

    There may be some regional difference, then, Ray.

    If someone said "We've raised $300 as of last Saturday," for me, that would only mean that "The last time I checked was Saturday, and on that day, we had raised $300, but it may be more than that now."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: as of or as at the time of writing??

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    There may be some regional difference, then, Ray.
    Yes, perhaps.
    If someone said "We've raised $300 as of last Saturday," for me, that would only mean that "The last time I checked was Saturday, and on that day, we had raised $300, but it may be more than that now."
    Here it tends to mean 'since'.
    "As of our last conversation, your work hasn't improved at all!"

    as of

    1. (idiomatic) from, on or at a specified time All leave is cancelled as of now.as of - Wiktionary

    Preposition: as of
    1. From that time
      - since
      http://www.wordwebonline.com/en/ASOF


    as of, beginning on; on and after; from: This price is effective as of June 23.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/as


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