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    as far as

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    A line in a movie goes like: "Even if you go as far as America, you cannot escape your karma."

    Does the writer use as far as to emphasize the distance (no matter how far you go) because "as far as" could be replaced by "to" to make sense?

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    Re: as far as

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Hi

    A line in a movie goes like: "Even if you go as far as America, you cannot escape your karma."

    Does the writer use as far as to emphasize the distance (no matter how far you go) because "as far as" could be replaced by "to" to make sense?
    Presumably, the speaker is a long distance from America and uses "as far as" to refer to any faraway place.

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    Re: as far as

    Quote Originally Posted by Masood_S View Post
    Presumably, the speaker is a long distance from America and uses "as far as" to refer to any faraway place.
    Yes, the speaker is in Japan. But must "as far as" be used here to emphasize the distance even if it is understood?

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    Re: as far as

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Yes, the speaker is in Japan. But must "as far as" be used here to emphasize the distance even if it is understood?
    The meaning seems clear and unambiguous to me.

    Perhaps the person being spoken to wants to go to America, hence the use of this country.

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    Re: as far as

    Quote Originally Posted by Masood_S View Post
    The meaning seems clear and unambiguous to me.

    Perhaps the person being spoken to wants to go to America, hence the use of this country.
    i also think so.

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    Re: as far as

    I am not a teacher.

    Hi retro,

    as far as = so far as = in so far as

    as far as possible
    as far as in me lies
    as far as I know
    as far as I am able
    So far as I can gather

    ..the sea was blue, however, and the cliffs, so far as he could judge, streaky. (J. Galswarthy, “Swan Song”)

    as far as = right up to, right down to, right into (in your case)


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    Re: as far as

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    But must "as far as" be used here to emphasize the distance even if it is understood?
    'As far as' really emphasises the great distance. If you omit it, you may give the impression that it's America (rather than the distance) that might have caused the idea of an escape from Karma to arise.

    Vil's examples are not particularly relevant here. We are dealing with the basic meaning of 'far' - a long distance away.

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    Re: as far as

    "Even if you go as far as America, you cannot escape your karma."

    There's another way to read this, which is not probable here, but should be known about:
    "Even if you go as far as America [does/goes], you cannot escape your karma."
    "Even if you go as far as Lady Gaga[does/goes], you cannot become something you aren't."

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