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.
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.
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' .
"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.
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).