In this sentence,

My research for Point of Origin was some of the most intensive and dangerous I've done to date, and the story I tell here remains the most painful. (Seen at the introduction part of novel, "Point of Origin", by an American writer)

Can we say "to day" instead of "to date" in the above sentence? Because "today" comes from "to day", though I'm not sure about whether we can still use "to day".

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    While "today" does technically come from "to" + "day", the meaning of "to" in this phrase was something more like "at" or "on", which is no longer valid in Modern English.
    – siride
    Sep 1, 2013 at 16:07

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No, we can’t. To date means ‘until now’. Today doesn't.

  • Till this day could be used, no.
    – mplungjan
    Sep 1, 2013 at 6:59
  • To @BarrieEngland, Neither does "to day" (a space in between)?
    – George
    Sep 1, 2013 at 7:00
  • @congliu. Correct. Sep 1, 2013 at 7:10
  • @mplungjan I can't image many English speakers saying "Till this day" meaning "to date" or "until now".
    – TrevorD
    Sep 1, 2013 at 22:12
  • Maybe not today, but it is correct English
    – mplungjan
    Sep 2, 2013 at 4:26

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