Actually the title is not exactly what I mean, but I cannot find a better way to describe this question.

Consider this sentence:

That's the only response I've got for my question ____.

If I put "until now" in there, I think it means:

Even though there was only one answer, now there are two (or more).

However, what I really want to say is:

Even now, there's still only one answer.

Is there a word or phrase to put in the blank for the intended meaning?

  • "even now" works pretty well.
    – Adam
    Sep 6, 2019 at 14:06
  • @Adam Is there another choice that stresses "until", "for such a long period of time".
    – trisct
    Sep 6, 2019 at 14:08

1 Answer 1


The idiomatic phrase here is so far:

2: up to the present
// has written one novel so far

(source: Merriam-Webster)

'Far' implies it has been a considerable amount of time, and the entire phrase indicates you could expect more in the future (but it's by all means not certain).

  • Thanks. One more question: since so far is explained as up to the present, can I use that too? And what about up to now and up till now?
    – trisct
    Sep 6, 2019 at 14:14
  • Yes, but it's less idiomatic. Up to now would work too. The difference between up to and until is that up to usually includes its 'subject', and until usually not. (Though there are certainly exceptions.)
    – Glorfindel
    Sep 6, 2019 at 14:18
  • Uh...what do you mean by a subject? An example would be great.
    – trisct
    Sep 6, 2019 at 14:21
  • Example: the difference between up to December 31st and until December 31st is that the first one includes December 31st, and the second one does not.
    – Glorfindel
    Sep 6, 2019 at 14:23
  • I see what you mean. Thanks again for the clarification.
    – trisct
    Sep 6, 2019 at 14:25

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