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Far... and its comparatives...
FAR and its comparatives.
1. FAR is mainly used in the interrogative and negative forms.
- Is the hospital far? No, it isn't far from here, just a five minutes' drive.
2. A) In the affirmative form, it's better to use a long way (away from).
-" It's a long way to Tipperary, it's a long way to go..." (one of the songs of the British troops during World War One.)
- The petrol station is a long way away from here and I have to walk there because my car has broken down.
B) Yet, FAR may be used in the affirmative form after TOO, SO, and AS.
-You've gone too far, you must turn around.
BEWARE! So far = until now
3. FAR. May become a comparative emphasizing an adjective: far older = much older
- by far + superlative = She's by far the best player in the team.
4. The comparatives and superlatives of FAR.
When speaking about a literal, concrete distance, the comparative is FARTHER...THAN... and the superlative is THE FARTHEST.
On the contrary, to express a figurative or an abstract distance, the comparative and superlative forms are FURTHER... THAN... and THE FURTHEST...
- Mary's home is farther away than Claire's (home) from school.
- You have to think further and try to understand this reasoning...
There you are! In the following exercise, you'll simply have to choose the right form! Go for it!
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