thus far - past as well as present?

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ilaló

Senior Member
English, USA
Hi,

I'd appreciate it if someone could advise me if it's correct to use "thus far" for past as well as present situations, as in "based on the cumulative experience gained thus far, XXX developed and published.....".
Would there be anything contradictory in the use of 'thus far' in that past situation? Or is there another phrase I should be using?
I guess I could say "based on the cumulative experience gained up to that point" - would that be an improvement?


Thanks very much!
Ilaló

Which of these options would work best?
- up to that point
- up to that time
- up to then
(nitpicky, I realize....)
 
  • Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    I wouldn't use "thus far" for the past (I have no idea if is is incorrect to do so, but it seems, at the least, unsual).

    If you mean from the beginning of the accumulation of experience to the point where publication is considered, you could use "to date."

    Otherwise, I'd use one of your own suggestions: "up to that time" or "up to that point" or "up to then."
     

    ilaló

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    Thanks very much for your feedback, Joelline. I thought there was something odd about "thus far". I'm planning to go with "up to that time" in this case.
     
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