As far as

The common phrase as far as only makes logical sense if followed by a complementary phrase such as I know, that goes, or that’s concerned. When the complementary phrase is omitted, as far as becomes illogical. Still, its use without the complementary phrase is common, so we might consider it idiomatic. For example, as far as is logically questionable in these sentences:

As far as other appearances, Democratic State Treasurer candidate Robin Kelly and Democratic Cook County Board President candidate Toni Preckwinkle will hold a press conference Monday afternoon. [NBC Chicago]

But as far as voting for “change,” other voters here say, stay the course. [WBUR]

As far as bonds, Faber says to stay far away from U.S. Treasuries.  [Beacon Equity Research]

In each of these cases, as for would make more sense than as far as.

Elsewhere, phrases like when it comes to, with regard to, or in the area of would make more sense than as far as—for example:

Next week is going to lay the cards on the table as far as financial conditions. [qtd. on MarketWatch]

They can only do so much as far as preparing their players for their next opponent. [Bleacher Report]

As far as the young guys drawing the attention from media and fans, it’s all positive for Hemsky. [ (link now dead)]

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