Use of "as of"


The web site of an educational institution (SFU) has the following guideline: "if you have not completed a certificate, degree or PDP program at SFU as of October 2009, you must order transcripts by mail, fax or in person". I received a degree in 1969. I interpreted the guideline to mean that I would not have to order by mail, fax or in person. It turns out that what SFU means is that I do have to order by mail, fax or in person. It seems to me that "as of" is a tricky preposition that can mean either "before" or "after". I interpreted it to mean "before"; SFU meant "after". Who is right?  

preposition as-of asked Jul 10 '13 at 17:34 Arthur Menu New member

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There is nothing tricky about "as of" at all.  You are right.  SFU is wrong.  "As of" means at that point in time.  The rest of the sentence gives more information about times before or after that moment in time.  They have incorrectly used the phrase.


As of October 2009, you had indeed completed a degree at SFU. 

link answered Jul 10 '13 at 17:44 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thank you, Patty! I did some looking on the internet and discovered there is a British usage of"as from" that is treated as synonymous with "as of". For example, "As from 5 November, the Stock Exchange will be closed". But even the British might balk at replacing "as of" in the SFUguideline with "as from" in order to indicate that those who have not been students atSFU after October 2009 must order by mail, fax or in person. When you stick "as from" inthere it just doesn't sound right. -- Arthur

Arthur MenuJul 10 '13 at 23:23

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