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Would one please explain about the usage of "as of"?
I have seen this expressions in several situations and I couldn't tell its exact meaning. Now I was browsing through the dictionaries and I could find little about it beyond this:
From, at, or until a given time. For example, As of five o'clock the store will be closed for inventory, or As of last December our meetings have been open to the public, or As of now I'm not sure how I'll vote. This idiom was first used in business but came into more general use. [c. 1900]
The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Retrieved from answers.com
Now let me see if I got it... "as of now" could be used to express simply "now" (the time being), and opposite ideas such as "until now" and "from now on"? Is that right? One would agree with me that it can be rather confusing (well, at least for people who don't have English as their first language).
Now if that's true, which is the most common usage for "as of"?
Thanks in advance, and sorry for my short English.
as of = from now, then until a later date in the future.
The new employment regulation will come into effect as of 3 May.