in so far as

in so far as
meaning ‘to the extent that’, should be written as four words, although it is also found in the form insofar as and occasionally in-so-far as; but in all forms the as is detached:

• The exercise of reviewing his life was proving monstrous in so far as it revealed the places in which it had gone irredeemably wrong —Anita Brookner, 1988

• Insofar as I had thought at all about what Italians did on vacation, I imagined the inhabitants of the cities joyfully rushing towards the provinces for the whole of August —Times, 2004.

It is a rather formal phrase, and can often be replaced by as far as or recast with little loss of meaning in a simpler construction with since or because.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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