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    #1

    it only goes so far.

    "it only goes so far." is interpreted as "it goes only to that extent". Is it correct?

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    #2

    Re: it only goes so far.

    The extent to which that applies is limited. It doesn't apply to everything.
    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: it only goes so far.

    I think "so" in "it only goes so far" meant "very", but to make such meaning you said, it should be "that", right?

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    Re: it only goes so far.

    No.

    This idea goes only as far as some undefined distant point, but no further.
    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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