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Can so replace this in the sentence below and mean the same thing?

This is a situation that a friend of mine and I were in a car going somewhere talking so much that we forgot how much we drove and went farther than the destination.

I didn't know we came this far.

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    It could, or it couldn't, depending on the intended meaning. this can imply a considerable degree (so) but the degree need not be considerable. In your scenario in the car, they are synonymous. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 15 '18 at 11:31
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo Thank you for the comment as always. But, what if the speaker had gone just a little tiny bit farther than the destination and there was no regard that the degree is considerable? – Smart Humanism Mar 16 '18 at 6:33
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    A "tiny bit farther than the destination" is to have overshot the destination. It is "considerable". Are you trying to say "just a tiny bit too far"? I knew we had passed our exit on the highway, and I thought it was 50 miles behind us. I didn't realize we had come only this far. The exit is only 2 miles behind us. Phew!. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 16 '18 at 10:11
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo And in that example you gave above, isn't so possible to replace this? – Smart Humanism Mar 16 '18 at 19:07
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    In my last example, only this far cannot be replaced with so. only this far can be paraphrased not that far. I didn't realize we had gone only this far. I didn't realize we had gone not that far. so is deictic. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 16 '18 at 20:29
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I didn't know we came this far!

is an exclamation and entirely correct for making a statement.

You would use so far when asking a question:

How far have we come so far?

In conclusion, you cannot replace so with this in this context.

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    I don't think I agree. So is perfect acceptable in statements as well as questions. – stangdon Mar 15 '18 at 14:48
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    -1 This is patently untrue. You could switch "so" and "this" in these sentences and they'd be perfectly correct – Sparksbet Mar 15 '18 at 21:31

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