Hitherto - use, position in a sentence

Discussion in 'English Only' started by danthaman07, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. danthaman07 Senior Member

    Spanish+English
    I was wondering if Hitherto is correct in the following phrase:

    Hitherto, the necessary component that excites and triggers that unyielding intrigue is (or has been) absent in the financial world that I am (or have been) acquainted with.

    I believe that "Up until now" would be just as fine, but for purpose of concision I chose hitherto. I was also wondering, is this word somewhat dated? Is there a greater tendency to use "up until now, Until now, etc..."?

    Thanks in advance.

    D.
     
  2. xqby

    xqby Senior Member

    Santa Maria, CA
    English (U.S.)
    I would expect to see "hitherto" right before the adjective it modifies. In your case:

    "The necessary component that excites and triggers that unyielding intrigue has hitherto been absent in the financial world that I am acquainted with."

    I'd say "up until now" could either go right at the beginning, or where I put "hitherto" (set off with commas).

    I don't think "hitherto" is dated, no; the word is a bit idiosyncratic, but I like how it fits in your sentence.
     

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