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    in so far as

    "I believe in “aristocracy” in so far as it is a fair word and it is OK for a democrat to use it."

    I want to know if the above sentence is grammatically sound enough to pass as someone's goofy political idea?

    Do you think "in so far as" serves its purpose well in creating the intended nuance, which I am not quiet sure what it is and which I can only guess at by looking at the context?

    I thought of some alternatives but I don't know which one is the best.

    only on the condition that
    only to the extent that
    as long as
    in so far as

    Would appreciate any insights from experts

    Thanks

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    Re: in so far as

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    "I believe in “aristocracy” in so far as it is a fair word and it is OK for a democrat to use it."

    I want to know if the above sentence is grammatically sound enough to pass as someone's goofy political idea?

    Do you think "in so far as" serves its purpose well in creating the intended nuance, which I am not quiet sure what it is and which I can only guess at by looking at the context?

    I thought of some alternatives but I don't know which one is the best.

    only on the condition that
    only to the extent that
    as long as
    in so far as

    Would appreciate any insights from experts

    Thanks
    Just about anything can pass as a goofy political idea but "in so far as" is used correctly here. Of your possible alternatives to the original phrase, "only to the extent that" is, in my opinion, the best.

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    Re: in so far as

    It's possible to write 'insofar' as one word. I do.

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