Is there any Difference between 'up to now' and 'so far' except to the condition when 'So is' is used for 'distance' in the sentence ? I would be greatfull if anyone would tell me,thanks


In most situations they are interchangeable. According to this NGram, so far seems to be significantly more common than up to now.

In situations where something is coming to an end, there may be a preference for up to now, whereas so far implies that the situation will continue:

Meals in the staff canteen have been subsidised up to now, but from January the subsidy will be withdrawn.

The festival has been pretty good so far- let's hope it stays that way!

  • Are you not sure of your answer as you have used 'may' ?
    – yubraj
    Apr 21 '16 at 13:47
  • I use 'may' because English is not always exact: usage varies between individual English speakers. YMMV.
    – JavaLatte
    Apr 22 '16 at 10:31
  • Are you talking abt America or british English ?
    – yubraj
    Apr 22 '16 at 10:39
  • British English. My own experience and this. english.stackexchange.com/questions/259169/…
    – JavaLatte
    Apr 22 '16 at 10:56
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    I agree with this as American English as well. I think "up to now" is really a spinoff of "up until now", implying the situation has ended. "Things were going great, up until now." "So far" suggests the current situation is ongoing. "Things are going great, so far."
    – JamieB
    Jun 20 '16 at 20:16

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