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  1. sara88's Avatar

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    the use of so far

    Hi friends
    I wonder if we use just present perfect with "so far" or we can use other tenses?!
    I wonder too if it has the same meaning as "before"?
    Here are some examples:
    I met with him three times so far.
    I've done it six time so far.

    Also, I noticed that it seems like we use it with numbers.
    I would be grateful if you can provide some farther explanation including more examples.

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    Re: the use of so far

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hi friends
    I wonder if we use just present perfect with "so far" or we can use other tenses?!
    I wonder too if it has the same meaning as "before"?
    Here are some examples:
    I met with him three times so far.
    I've done it six time so far.

    Also, I noticed that it seems like we use it with numbers.
    I would be grateful if you can provide some farther explanation including more examples.

    so far1. Up to the present moment: So far there's been no word from them.
    2. To a limited extent: You can go only so far on five dollars.

  3. Kraken's Avatar

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    Re: the use of so far

    so far (adverb)



    1. Up to the present moment: So far there's been no word from them.
    2. To a limited extent: You can go only so far on five dollars.
    3. In such manner; to such degree; -- used correlatively with as or that following; "I viewed in may mind, so far as I was able, the beginning and progress of a rising world." --T. Burnet.



    Used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time; "So far he hasn't called"; "the sun isn't up yet" [syn: {thus far}, {up to now}, {hitherto}, {heretofore}, {as yet}, {yet}, {til now}, {until now}]

    Used after a superlative; "this is the best so far"; "the largest drug bust yet" [syn: {yet}].


    So far so good (idiom)

    Matters are satisfactory up to this point, as in You've knitted the main portion of the sweater but not the sleeves? Well, so far, so good. This idiom was first recorded in James Kelly's Scottish Proverbs (1721), where it is defined: "So far, so good. So much is done to good purpose."

    I'm not a teacher, but I hope the above helps.

  4. sara88's Avatar

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    Re: the use of so far

    Thanks so much both of you. That really helps.
    To sum up what was said before:
    One of the uses of so far means up to the present moment. Ex: I've been there three times so far.
    Ok, I have another question concerning the last example. We say that this action is likely to happen in the future; is this implied in the use of the present perfect or in the use of "so far"????!!!
    Thanks again dears.

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