In this lesson, we are going to learn the Use of ‘So Far’. Master the use of this phrase for speaking English more fluently. So far means “until now”. it’s a phrase used to tell somebody about the condition of something until the moment we speak. it’s also used to show a limit to something.
Identification: up to a point, to a certain extent.
If someone asks you what has happened so far, it means that what has happened until the present point in a situation. let’s see some examples of better speaking skills.
- I’ve read ten books so far.
- I have received a message from him so far.
- Everything is going great so far.
- She is a responsible girl as I know so far.
- Our task has been easy so far.
- I have done 2 pages of my article so far.
- he’s been quite so far.
In the negative sense, we will add ‘not’ before auxiliary verbs or helping verbs. It means opposite “until now” i.e. “not yet”. It expresses the sentence in a negative way. let’s see how native speakers use negative sense so far with Examples:
- I haven’t read ten books so far.
- I haven’t received a message from him so far.
- Nothing is going great so far.
- She isn’t a responsible girl as I know so far.
- Our task hasn’t been easy so far.
- I haven’t done 2 pages of my article so far.
- he hasn’t been quite so far.
Now start having a conversation with help of it:
Question: Have you ____________________ so far ?
Reply positively: Yes, I have _______________so far.
Reply negatively: No, I haven’t ___________so far.
Apart from having a conversation in the way mentioned above in which we’ll get us to answer “yes” or “no”, we can ask the other questions differently with help of ‘wh-family’ with help of so far. Let’s enjoy some examples:
- What have you done so far?
- Where have you been so far?
- Which assignment have you completed so far?
- Where have you gone out of India so far?
- Why haven’t you done it so far?
- Why are you worried so far?