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    away and off

    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentence:

    The construction of the dam is already _________. But its completion is still a long way_________.
    a. in progress, away b. under way, off

    'in progress' ,means 'happening or being done now'.
    'under way' means 'in motion, in progress, proceeding'. So I think the first part of each choice is OK.
    'away' means 'in the futrue, from now. The example:
    'The wedding is still six month away'.
    'off' means distant (from) in time or space. The example:
    Summer is only a week off.

    According to the dictionary I think both are correct. But the key is 'b'. Could you please kindly explain why 'a' isn't correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    I agree with your reasoning, jiang. Some writers avoid repetition of rhyming syllables if possible - preferring something called 'elegant variation'; maybe the person who decided 'long way away' was unacceptable had taken this to heart. But as far as I'm concerned, they're both OK.

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    Dear BobK,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I agree with your reasoning, jiang. Some writers avoid repetition of rhyming syllables if possible - preferring something called 'elegant variation'; maybe the person who decided 'long way away' was unacceptable had taken this to heart. But as far as I'm concerned, they're both OK.

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    Dear BobK,

    My English teacher corrected me by saying 'long way away' isn't correct because way can't modify time. This coincided with the key I came across in anther exercise book.Could you please explain if he is right or not? To remind you of the question I am quoting it here:

    The construction of the dam is already _________. But its completion is still a long way_________.
    a. in progress, away b. under way, off
    According to the teacher only 'b' is correct.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang




    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I agree with your reasoning, jiang. Some writers avoid repetition of rhyming syllables if possible - preferring something called 'elegant variation'; maybe the person who decided 'long way away' was unacceptable had taken this to heart. But as far as I'm concerned, they're both OK.

    b

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post

    Dear BobK,

    My English teacher corrected me by saying 'long way away' isn't correct because way can't modify time. This coincided with the key I came across in anther exercise book.Could you please explain if he is right or not? ...

    This prescription isn't one I've heard before. I'm sure I've heard/used expressions like 'Christmas isn't such a long way away'. Which reminds me ...

    Anyway, I'd accept either (a) or (b).

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    Dear BobK,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    This prescription isn't one I've heard before. I'm sure I've heard/used expressions like 'Christmas isn't such a long way away'. Which reminds me ...

    Anyway, I'd accept either (a) or (b).

    b

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