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These two sound quite different, and the second form even sounds more sophisticated, but is there any real difference?

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I have tried three strategies so far.

I have so far tried three strategies.

The two are equivalent.

Think of "so far" as acting as an adverb. Substitute now and you can say:

I have tried three strategies now.

I have now tried three strategies.

Same difference.

But if you are following it with a list, I would suggest you use the latter construction.

I have now tried three strategies: studying my rivals, cultivating new friends, and bribing public officials.

That way you put the noun that represents the list in apposition to the list itself.

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Not an answer, but be aware of the (slightly obtuse) alternative reading, in the sense 'a trying experience':

You can only be tried so far before you lose your temper

or, the other way

He was so far tried, he decided to kill her

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The last sentence is a run-on sentence. –  kiamlaluno Jan 26 '11 at 14:03

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