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    using "as of"

    Hello,

    I am very confused regarding the meaning of "as of" here. I would be glad if some one could help.

    In a University, the spring semester starts on 07 February and ends on 01 August.

    If the University website says about a certain criteria:

    "This criteria applies to students who have not completed their Qualifier exams as of Spring semester of 2014".

    So, in this case if a student completes their qualifier exams in June 2014, will this criteria apply to them ?

    Thanks
    Last edited by alphaCentaur; 02-Jun-2017 at 11:25.

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    Re: using "as of"

    If the Spring semester starts in February and ends in August, I don't understand the reference to Spring 2013-2014.
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    Re: using "as of"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If the Spring semester starts in February and ends in August, I don't understand the reference to Spring 2013-2014.
    Spring 2013-2014 is a "spring semester" that started in February and ended in August. Thats the actual wording on the website.

    So the semester started in February 2014 and ended in August 2014. So, if some one completed their qualifier exams in June 2014, then does the criteria apply to them ?

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    Re: using "as of"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It may be on the website, but it doesn't make sense. If it means 'the spring semester of the 2013-14 academic year', it should say either that or, simpler, 'spring semester 2014'.
    well this means Spring semester of academic year 2013-2014. I have edited my original post.

    Can you guide me now ?

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    Re: using "as of"

    "as of" is one of the more useless phrases in English. It can mean 'before', 'since', or 'at that time'.
    I'd suggest not using it. You must ask the person who wrote that.
    I also don't understand why it's called a "2013-2014" semester when it's all in 2014.

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    Re: using "as of"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "as of" is one of the more useless phrases in English. It can mean 'before', 'since', or 'at that time'.
    I'd suggest not using it. You must ask the person who wrote that.
    I also don't understand why it's called a "2013-2014" semester when it's all in 2014.
    As I mentioned, it means "spring semester of the academic year 2013-2014".

    The phrase has been used on the website and I need to interpret its meaning. The problem is not the usage of 2013-2014 as it does not matter in this context. The problem is "as of". Does it mean that the criteria applies from the start of the semester or the end of the semester ?

    Can some one help me please?

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    Re: using "as of"

    Have you asked them directly?

    I can't help feeling that their website will have an option to contact them or an email address to write to.

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    Re: using "as of"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Have you asked them directly?

    I can't help feeling that their website will have an option to contact them or an email address to write to.
    I wanted to know the literal interpretation of this phrase. I will contact them after I am confident of its meaning, they are not very easy people to talk to.

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    Re: using "as of"

    It's doesn't have an unambiguous literal meaning. And even if it did, it would not tell you whether it applied to the beginning or the end of the semester. That's why no-one can answer your question definitively.

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    Re: using "as of"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Please don't do that after people have posted comments on that original post. It makes those comments seem very strange.
    I understand that, but everyone was focusing on something that is not important in this context. So, I had to edit it.

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