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    #1

    impossible

    Does the "It's far from impossible" mean "possible"?

    Thank you.
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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    Re: impossible

    If it's not impossible, then it's possible.

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    Re: impossible

    Therefore, if something is "far from impossible", it is another way of saying it is "very possible".

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    Re: impossible

    Is "far from impossible" a natural description according to native speakers? It isn't, to me.
    Last edited by tedmc; 13-Sep-2015 at 13:28.
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    Re: impossible

    It's certainly far from unnatural.

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    Re: impossible

    Yes, it is a natural phrase, although people will often use "very possible" instead. I think it might be used to provide variety in writing, where a topic needs to be discussed in-depth.

    It might also be used to disagree with someone who believes something is impossible.

    B: I'd like you to finish the task I set you please.
    A: It's not possible, and so it can't be done.
    B: It's far from impossible!

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    Re: impossible

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Do you consider "It's far from impossible" to be the same kind of expression as "You won't be sorry" and "It's not half bad"?

    IF you do, then it appears that we are dealing here with something that the books call litotes.

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    Re: impossible

    Yes, it's a natural way of speaking.

    A. He's not very likable, is he.
    B. OMG no, he's FAR from likable. (He's very unlikable.)

    A. That doesn't look easy.
    B. You're right. It's far from easy. (It's very hard.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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