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  1. Junior Member
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    a nice/good five steps


    Is it correct for me to say: Joe took a nice/good five steps away from the expanding shadow, not at all sure where it was coming from. ?
    Steps are countable so should I take it I have to use some? I feel it wouldn't work if I leave the five : some five steps away... it sounds odd, like it's either five or some, not both.

    I'd love to know any other alternatives you come up with if neither of these work.

    Thank you in advance for your help, as always!
    Last edited by lolipop90; 20-Sep-2016 at 14:17.

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    Re: a nice/good five steps

    "Good" works but "nice" doesn't in that context.

    "A good five steps" means that you're sure it was at least five steps and it could even have been a little bit more.

    - I'd like to walk to the library. How far is it from here?
    - It's a good four miles. I think it's too far to walk. I suggest you get the number 17 bus from just across the road.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a nice/good five steps

    You need 'a good five steps'.

    It means 'five complete steps' or 'fully five steps'.


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