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English `as of' (was: Rant on partial understandings)

From:Anton Sherwood <bronto@...>
Date:Saturday, December 22, 2001, 8:34
Roger Mills wrote:
> "As of yesterday/today, I haven 't smoked for 3 months" > (and I continue not to smoke)
> "As of yesterday, I haven't smoked a single cigarette" > ( I stopped yesterday)
I've never heard that usage.
> "As of today, I haven't smoked a single cigarette" > (I stopped at some unspecified time in the past)
I hear that as "I've never smoked" (but an odd way to say it) or "I now wipe the slate clean."
> "As of yesterday, I hadn't smoked for 3 months" > (implies that I've started again)
Or that yesterday happened to mark the three months.
> "As of yesterday/today I won't/don't smoke anymore" > (I stopped yesterday/today)
Ah. It's odd, come to think of it, but I might say that. -- Anton Sherwood --