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Dear Ted:

Does the prepositional phrase "up to date" exist?

If so, would you please give me some examples of how to use it correctly?

Also, is there a difference between "to date" and "up to date"?


Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Does the prepositional phrase "up to date" exist?

If so, would you please give me some examples of how to use it correctly?

*** Please keep me UP TO DATE on how your project is coming.

*** The new computer has all the UP-TO-DATE features that everyone will want.

*** When the phrase is used as an adjective, the words are hyphenated.

Also, is there a difference between "to date" and "up to date"?

*** They are related, but they are used in different ways.  "TO DATE" means NOW or TO THIS POINT IN TIME.

*** TO DATE, we have 500 signatures on our petition.

*** I counted the money in my piggy bank, and, TO DATE, I have nearly $50.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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