Others might say these things differently due to regional preferences.Hello,
I'd like to ask a question about the usage of 'far' and 'a long way'. While 'far' is mostly used in affrirmative sentences,
Is it? "It's not far" is very common.
it is preferred to 'a long way' if it is preceded by 'too', 'so' or 'as' or followed by 'enough'.
That's a strange way of putting it. We don't decide to use "too" and then decide that "far" is more appropriate than "a long way". We decide that we want to say "It's too far" and would not even consider "It's a too long way."
But you're right in that we do say, "too far", "so far" etc.
Is that the case when it is used with 'quite' or 'rather' ?
(1) My house is rather/quite far from my office.
I personally wouldn't use 'rather far'.
(2) My house is rather/quite a long way from my office. Either of these is OK.
I would say:
"My house is quite a long way from my office."
"My house is a very long way from my office."
"My house is a rather long way from my office"
(The placement of the 'a' differs.)