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For all my boss notices what I do in the office, I might as well not be there.

I'm having problems translating this.

It is from Youtube exercises to test my vocab. It is given like gap completion with suggested answers:

________ my boss notices what I do in the office, I might as well not be there!

a) For all b) Whenever c) With regards to

In the end it turned out the correct option is A- For all. Does this sentence make sense to a native speaker?

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    Where is it from? It looks incomplete. It helps if you explain your particular doubts.
    – fev
    Commented Oct 4, 2022 at 13:10

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The most common version of this construction actually gets its own dictionary entry...

for all I know (MacMillan Dictionary)
used for emphasizing that you do not know something
He could be a murderer for all I know.

...where we could rephrase the example as I know very little about the matter in hand. In fact, I know so little about him that I don't even know for sure that he's not a murderer.

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OP's specific example can be paraphrased as...

My boss notices very little of what I do in the office. In fact, he wouldn't notice any difference if I wasn't there

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  • Could even compress further: Considering that my boss notices nothing about what I do in the office, I might as well not be there. Commented Oct 4, 2022 at 14:45
  • Thank you very much!
    – Maria
    Commented Oct 4, 2022 at 18:00
  • I do appreciate your time and help!
    – Maria
    Commented Oct 4, 2022 at 18:01
  • I should perhaps point out that I struggled to come up with a good paraphrasing that would work well for both these examples. It's okay for the MacMillan example to be paraphrased as I don't know [whether he's a murderer or not], but we can't really say the OP example here corresponds to My boss doesn't notice anything at all that I do in the office. The boss obviously notices some things - just not very much! (which can be exaggerated so much that he wouldn't even realise one of his staff wasn't there! :) Commented Oct 4, 2022 at 18:48

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