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    #1

    away from or far away from

    He doesn't live away from the beach or He doesn't live far away from the beach

    Which one is correct????


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    #2

    Re: away from or far away from

    "He doesn't live away from the beach" would mean that he actually lives ON the beach, and might suggest that he would have some problem with not living on the beach. (For example, "A whale doesn't live away from the ocean.") This would not be a common phrasing. If you mean that he lives on the beach, then you would probably state the positive, "He lives on the beach."

    "He doesn't live far away from the beach" suggests that while he may not live on the beach itself, he lives nearby. However, if it is an isolated statement, it might be more common to take out "away" and say, "He doesn't live far from the beach." "Far away" gives emphasis to the distance, and since you're actually saying the opposite, you don't need it. You could also state it in the positive: "He lives near the beach."


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    #3

    Re: away from or far away from

    I wanted to say that he lives nearby the beach but I had to use the word away and also I had to use a negative sentence.So,is it correct to say he doesn't live far away from the beach????


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    #4

    Re: away from or far away from

    Yes "He doesn't live far away from the beach" is correct.

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    #5

    Re: away from or far away from

    Correct, yes, but I don't find it very natural.

    From where he lives, the beach isn't very far away at all.

    {not a teacher}


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    #6

    Re: away from or far away from

    In British English it sounds very natural.


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    #7

    Re: away from or far away from

    I really appreciate all the help you gave me!

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