as far as I can tell

This page is about the conversational phrase as far as I can tell


You can say this when telling someone what you think or believe is true, based on what you've deduced so far.

For example

  • "What's causing my headaches?"
    "Stress, as far as I can tell. But we'll do some more tests to make sure."

  • "Is it a genuine Rolex?"
    "As far as I can tell, it is. But I won't know for sure until I've opened it."

Quick Quiz

If someone says "as far as I can tell", they're telling you

a. what they know is true

b. what they think is true

c. as much as they're allowed to

Contributor: Matt Errey