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"By far" is an adverb which is often translated as "de lejos", and "so far" is a phrase which is often translated as "hasta ahora". Learn more about the difference between "by far" and "so far" below.
by far(
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far
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (by a large margin)
a. de lejos
Those are by far the best pancakes I've ever had.Esos son de lejos los mejores panqueques que he comido.
b. por lejos
The blue whale is by far the largest sea mammal.La ballena azul es por lejos el mamífero marino más grande.
c. por creces
Regina is happier living in Austin by far.Regina está más feliz viviendo en Austin por creces.
d. por mucho
By far, the test scores improved this year.Por mucho, las cualificaciones de las pruebas mejoraron este año.
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so far(
so
 
far
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (up until now)
a. hasta ahora
Our program has helped 300 families so far.Nuestro programa a ayudado a 300 familias hasta ahora.
2. (for the time being)
a. por ahora
How's the new house? - So far everything's going well.¿Qué tal la nueva casa? - Por ahora todo va bien.
3. (to a certain point)
a. hasta cierto punto
I used to be a salesman, but I could only go so far before I burned out.Antes era un dependiente, pero solo pude llegar hasta cierto punto antes de agotarme.
4. (such a long way)
a. tan lejos
I didn't realize it was so far.No me di cuenta de que era tan lejos.
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