Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 994
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    rather far or rather a long way?

    Hello,

    I'd like to ask a question about the usage of 'far' and 'a long way'. While 'far' is mostly used in negative sentences and questions, it is preferred to 'a long way' in affirmative sentences if preceded by 'too', 'so' or 'as' or followed by 'enough'. Is that the case when it is used with 'quite' or 'rather' ?

    (1) My house is rather/quite far from my office.

    (2) My house is rather/quite a long way from my office.

    Thank you.

    PS I've spotted a mistake in my post. 'Far' is mostly used in negative sentences and questions .
    Last edited by Verona_82; 09-Aug-2011 at 10:11.

  1. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 23,278
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: rather far or rather a long way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    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.)
    Thank you.
    Others might say these things differently due to regional preferences.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 994
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: rather far or rather a long way?

    Thanks, Raymott! Yes, I made a mistake while writing; I've corrected it. I've always wondered what makes 'too' and 'enough' so special to be used with 'far' .

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 23,278
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: rather far or rather a long way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Thanks, Raymott! Yes, I made a mistake while writing; I've corrected it. I've always wondered what makes 'too' and 'enough' so special to be used with 'far' .
    'Far' is an adjective (sometimes an adverb). As with other adjectives (and adverbs), it's correct to say, "too far; too long; too fat; short enough; serious enough; seriously enough, too quickly ..."
    "A long way" in a noun phrase. 'Way' is a noun. 'Long' is an adjective. We don't use "too..." before a noun. Something can't be "too way". It can be "a too long way", but we don't normally say that.
    So, I don't see that any of those words is behaving in a special way.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 994
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: rather far or rather a long way?

    Well, 'quite' and 'rather' can act as adverbs too, but for some reason 'quite far' is not as common as 'quite a long way' (where 'quite' is, I guess, a predeterminer).

Similar Threads

  1. as long as/so long as/provided (that)/providing (that)
    By ha179 in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Nov-2009, 03:37
  2. A long, long word
    By nyggus in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-Mar-2007, 15:00
  3. three meters long? tree-meter long? three-meter-long?
    By japanjapan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-Jun-2006, 22:28

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •