So far vs. thus far?

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Jimbo:
Which is correct?
"I would suspect that someone with your level of education, PhD. and all, would have been able to predict each and every answer that you have received so far, especially when you post in a pro-gun-ownership NG."

Should I have used "thus far?"
Please, feel free to blast every aspect of the quote and this post if you wish.
Chris
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Athel Cornish-Bowden:
[nq:1]Which is correct?[/nq]
Of what? (Please don't assume that everyone has read your subject line.)
[nq:1]"I would suspect that someone with your level of education, PhD.[/nq]
If you put a full stop after D you need one after Ph, i.e. Ph.D. and PhD are both used, but PhD. isn't.
[nq:1]and all, would have been able to predict each and every answer that you have received so far, especially when you post in a pro-gun-ownership[/nq]
Two hyphens in the same phrase are usually nasty and best avoided when possible. I'd have written "a news group in favour of gun ownership" (except that I wouldn't have been participating in such a group in the first place).
[nq:1]NG." Should I have used "thus far?"[/nq]
You could, but you don't have to.
[nq:1]Please, feel free to blast every aspect of the quote and this post if you wish.[/nq]
As you'll see above, I have taken advantage of your kind invitaion above.

athel
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Bill McCray:
[nq:2]and all, would have been able to predict each and every answer that you have received so far, especially when you post in a pro-gun-ownership[/nq]
[nq:1]Two hyphens in the same phrase are usually nasty and best avoided when possible. I'd have written "a news group in favour of gun ownership" (except that I wouldn't have been participating in such a group in the first place).[/nq]
I like the rewrite better, but the original is acceptable.
[nq:2]NG."[/nq]
Bill
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Anonymous:
[nq:2]Two hyphens in the same phrase are usually nasty and ... been participating in such a group in the first place).[/nq]
[nq:1]I like the rewrite better, but the original is acceptable. Bill Reverse parts of the user name and ISP name for my e-address[/nq]
Agreed. "So far" is widely used in both academic and informal settings, but "thus far" is only used in formal situations- at least in the United States.
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Pat Durkin:
[nq:1]Which is correct? "I would suspect that someone with your level of education, PhD. and all, would have been able ... have used "thus far?" Please, feel free to blast every aspect of the quote and this post if you wish.[/nq]
I would use "expect", rather than "suspect", but, as with "and all", much usage depends on the tone one is hoping to set, or is responding to.
Other than the "Ph.D." and hyphenation matter suggested by AC-B, I see no problems with your submission.
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Cece:
[nq:2]Which is correct? "I would suspect that someone with your ... aspect of the quote and this post if you wish.[/nq]
[nq:1]I would use "expect", rather than "suspect", but, as with "and all", much usage depends on the tone one is hoping to set, or is responding to. Other than the "Ph.D." and hyphenation matter suggested by AC-B, I see no problems with your submission.[/nq]
Choice of "expect" or "suspect" is also affected by the side of the pond, I believe.
Cece
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Eric Walker:
[nq:1]"I would suspect that someone with your level of education, PhD. and all, would have been able to predict each and every answer that you have received so far, especially when you post in a pro-gun-ownership NG." Should I have used "thus far?"[/nq]
You could, but there is no necessity. In that adverbial construction, where the meaning is "as X as" (where X is some other adverb, such as "far"), "thus" and "so" are as synonymous as two words can be. More germane, it is needless: "have received" covers the ground adequately.
[nq:1]Please, feel free to blast every aspect of the quote and this post if you wish.[/nq]
Well, if you are asking . . . .
"Each and every" is redundant.
The tenses are ill-mixed as between "would suspect", "would have been able", and "post".
"Suspect" seems inappropriate for a simple belief.

A "level" is not a property, so "with" seems incongruous.

"PhD" is ill use in a simple statement; and "and all" is slipshod.

Something like this seems more felicitous:
"I would have thought that someone with your education a doctorate would have been able to predict each of answers you have received, especially as you posted in a pro-gun-ownership NG."

That's offhand: care could likely polish it up some.
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Barbara Bailey:
[nq:2]I would use "expect", rather than "suspect", but, as with ... suggested by AC-B, I see no problems with your submission.[/nq]
[nq:1]Choice of "expect" or "suspect" is also affected by the side of the pond, I believe.[/nq]
I use both "expect" and "suspect" in a similar construction; which I choose relates to how sure I am that the statement that follow is, in fact, the case in reality.
I suspect that the reason the producers cast that person is more how large her fan following is, and less her ability to sing.

(I believe this to be true, but I have no evidence or proof, my reasons for believing it are not completely convincing, and I could easily be wrong.)
I expect that you knew exactly what you were going to have to deal with, since you've worked with that group before, on other projects.

(I have very good reasons to believe that what I am saying is true, and no reason to believe that it isn't, although I have no proof.)
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Jimbo:
Your guidance, in every detail, was exactly what I was looking for.

Thank you,
Chris
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