I notice that a lot of people, especially in how-to YouTube videos for whatever reason, have been saying "as far as" without following with "goes" or "is concerned" or anything else, e.g. "As far as wiring, you'll need to do it carefully."

I'm wondering if this is syntactically incorrect, even though even if it is, it's trivial and just a case of me being anal. It just feels like an unscratched itch every time someone says only the "as far as" part.

  • In this context, "as far as" = "to the extent that" is a complement and an adverbial clause: it requires a verb.
    – Greybeard
    Aug 3, 2021 at 0:14

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage (1989) has more than a page of commentary on this construction, including numerous examples of its use, mostly in reported speech. The speakers include John F. Kennedy.

Here are some passages from the entry on as far as (pp. 127, 128).

Our commentators, from Fowler 1926 to Harper 1985 and Einstein 1985 are nearly unanimous in condemning the construction; only Faris in American Speech thinks it deserves more consideration. And why do they condemn it? As is so often the case, many do not give a reason. Fowler did so perhaps because of novelty; but both he and others have probably been affected by their frustrated expectation of the formulaic verb goes or is concerned. Encountering as far as and then having the verb withheld is a bit like not hearing the other shoe drop. But as for novelty, it is not clear how much of a novelty the construction is. [...]

There can be no question, after more than three quarters of a century, that prepositional as far as is established in speech; it was clearly established in 1962 when Faris published his findings. Reference books have been slow to catch up in this instance. But speech and reports of speech aside, the expression has made little inroad into ordinary prose. Our most recent evidence shows it still primarily a speech form.

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