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Reply to "So Much For"

@ahmad posted:

...would you kindly explain why the use of the phrase/expression is incompatible with subordinate clause?

Because typical usage indicates that the speaker says something in one sentence and then, in a separate, independent sentence starting with "so much for" (after a period or a semicolon — and perhaps even an em dash), the speaker comments on the undesired result of what was said at the beginning:

. He’s late again. So much for good intentions. (Example taken from LDOCE)
- Well, it's raining. So much for our perfect weather. (Example taken from Merriam-Webster's)
- The car won't start. So much for our trip to the beach. (Example taken from Cambridge Dictionary)
- Another rise in income tax. So much for all those election promises. (Example taken from Macmillan Dictionary)
- He has spent 19 million pounds, lost three cup finals and been relegated. So much for money. (Example taken from Collins Dictionary)
- The cold and waves were starting to get to me, and I couldn't feel my legs; so much for my lanolin and vaseline mixture. (Example taken from Oxford Lexico dictionary)
She gave the job to the other manager. So much for all her promises to me. (Example taken from the Free Dictionary)

"So much for" can also be used at the beginning to mark the end of something:

- Well, so much for that idea. We'll have to look for a better solution. (Example taken from Merriam-Webster's)
- So much for polite introductions. It’s now time to get down to business. (Example taken from Macmillan Dictionary)
- Well, so much for the producers. But what of the consumers? (Example taken from Collins Dictionary)
- So much for the melodic line. We now turn our attention to the accompaniment. (Example taken from Oxford Lexico dictionary)
- Well, so much for the rule where they're not supposed to address each other directly. (Example taken from Oxford Lexico dictionary)
- So much for the situation in the Far East. Now let’s turn our attention to South America. (Example taken from the Free Dictionary)

Notice that, in all of the examples above, there are no subordinate clauses associated with the "so much for" structure as the ones you used with subordinating conjunctions since and as in the sentences you presented. Not that they are impossible, but they are indeed unusual.

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