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    How to say right, "A long way off" or "A long way from"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    How to say right, "A long way off" or "A long way from"?
    "Christmas is a long way off." (It is a long time between now and Christmas.) "Portsmouth is a long way from Edinburgh." (The distance between Portsmouth and Edinburgh is great.) These are just examples to illustrate that both are possible. There are other possible uses for them.
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    Thanks.
    When I talk about distances in space, that something is far from me, have I always got to use "from" rather than "off"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Thanks.
    When I talk about distances in space, that something is far from me, have I always got to use "from" rather than "off"?
    No, not always. You could say:

    The ship was ten miles off of the African coast.
    The distance between where I am and Chicago is 1,200 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    No, not always. You could say:

    The ship was ten miles off of the African coast.
    The distance between where I am and Chicago is 1,200 miles.
    Hmm...
    Have I got you right that I can say something like "China is a long way off." but I can't say "China is a long way off Brazil.", I have to say either "China is a long way from Brazil." or "China is a long way off of Brazil."?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Hmm...
    Have I got you right that I can say something like "China is a long way off." but I can't say "China is a long way off Brazil.", I have to say either "China is a long way from Brazil." or "China is a long way off of Brazil."?
    "China is a long way from Brazil."

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