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    Default far/distant/remote

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between the meanings of the sdjectives “far”, “distant” and “remote”?

    The stars are far away from the earth, they are not near.
    She sat in the far end of the table.
    The English Government has decided to cut the military expenditures in the Far East.
    He went to live in a distant island in the Pacific.
    King Arthur lived in the distant past.
    The testing site was a remote region in the desert.
    The stranger had come from the remotest parts of the earth.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Exclamation Re: far/distant/remote

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between the meanings of the sdjectives “far”, “distant” and “remote”?

    The stars are far away from the earth, they are not near. Used as adverb meaning; great distance. It modifies the adverb away which means at a distance from the earth.So the resultant meaning: at a great great distance

    She sat in the far end of the table. Used as an adjective to modify the noun phrase end of the table; meaning: a place that is most distant from you:
    The English Government has decided to cut the military expenditures in the Far East. The countries of East Asia, including China, Japan, North and South Korea and Indonesia
    He went to live in a distant island in the Pacific. = describes a far away place
    King Arthur lived in the distant past. = describes a time period that was far away or a time in history.
    The testing site was a remote region in the desert. =describes an area, that is a long way from any towns or cities:

    The stranger had come from the remotest parts of the earth.= describes a place, that is far way and little known to others.


    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.
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    Last edited by sarat_106; 24-Aug-2009 at 13:35.

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    Default Re: far/distant/remote

    I'd say 'at the far end of the table'.

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