grew up a long way from here

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In the MWALED, it says:
a long way
: a great distance

He grew up a long way from here.

http://learnersdictionary.com/definition/long
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What does this sentence mean? (especially
a long way)

'He developed into an adult a great distance from here.'?
 

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He developed into an adult in a place which was a great distance from here.
 

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Does 'a long way' here function as an adverb?
 
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I'm a tentative grammarian at best, but surely a long way from is modifying "here". An antonym would be ​near here.
 

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I'm a tentative grammarian at best, but surely a long way from is modifying "here". An antonym would be ​near here.
I meant 'a long way "here"' = 'a long way "in this sentence"'.
So, what I meant is "does 'a long way' in this sentence function as an adverb?". :)


 
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1. He grew up a long way from here.
2. He grew up far from here.

'Far' is an adverb, so I think 'a long way' is adverbial.
 
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