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    aysaa is offline Senior Member
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    so far/up to now/until now

    Hi,

    -How has your vacation gone so far(up to now/until now)?

    -How is your vacation going so far(up to now/until now)?

    In my humble opinion, we should use present perfect, but I would like to ask if we can utter a sentence like the second one.

    Thanks.

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    Re: so far/up to now/until now

    "So far" is an adverb of time, which means now plus before now. I think the meaning is not congruous with the progressive aspect (be -ing). I would steer clear of the second sentence. In addition, I do not think you need "so far" if you use the perfect aspect (has been).

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    Re: so far/up to now/until now

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    -How has your vacation gone so far(up to now/until now)?

    -How is your vacation going so far(up to now/until now)?

    In my humble opinion, we should use present perfect, but I would like to ask if we can utter a sentence like the second one.

    Thanks.
    'so far' is the most likely. It's possible in both sentences, and they are both fine. 'up to now' is unlikely', and 'until now' very unlikely.

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    Re: so far/up to now/until now

    "So far" is certainly the most natural. If I bumped into someone during their holiday, I would use "How is your holiday going?" or "How has your holiday been going so far?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: so far/up to now/until now

    Quote Originally Posted by Shoreditch View Post
    "So far" is an adverb of time, which means now plus before now.
    Well done!

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