How to use
a long distance
a long way
Have you driven far?
Since I changed jobs, I have to travel further to get to work.
Let's see who can jump the furthest!
The children don't go far from home.
She wants to move as far away from here as possible.
They could hear the sound of water not far away.
He lives further down the street.
further away from where you are now
If you want to go further afield
, there are bicycles for hire.
further north/south etc
Many birds fly further south in the autumn.
The plains stretched for
as far as the eye could see
all the distance you could see
The lake is about 4 miles away, but we probably
won't get that far
won't go as far as that place
used when asking the distance between two places, or when talking about the distance between two places
How far is it to the station?
The man didn't say how far it was to the next town.
as far as something
to a place or point, but not beyond it
They managed to get as far as the Spanish border.
is used mainly in questions and negative sentences. In other kinds of sentences use
a long way away
The airport is quite a long way away (NOT is quite far).
a lot/very much
very much, or to a great degree
far better/easier etc
The new system is far better than the old one.
There are a far greater number of women working in television than twenty years ago.
I enjoyed it far more than I expected.
far too much/long/busy etc
That's far too much to pay.
It would take me far too long to explain.
He bought it for a price that was far beyond
much more than
its real value.
The teacher said that her writing skills were far below average.
We've kept the original features of the house
as far as possible
as much as possible
do those old, outdated laws affect today's legislation?
His style was
from that of Picasso.
not far off/out/wrong
close to being correct
I guessed it would cost $100 and it was $110, so I was not far out.
used to talk about how much progress someone makes, or how much effect something has
He started to explain, but he didn't
he did not succeed in saying very much
before Mary interrupted him.
get as far as doing something
They had got as far as painting the kitchen.
Many people felt that the new law did not
go far enough
did not have a big enough effect, so that more needed to be done
a long time in the past or the future, or a long time into a particular period
We talked far into the night.
They want to plan much further ahead than the next few years.
The first petrol-driven car was produced
as far back as
go too far
take/carry something too far
to do something too extreme
One day she will go too far.
Some people thought he had gone too far in his criticism of the police.
go so far/as far as to do something
to do or say something extreme
The government went so far as to try to arrest opposition leaders.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that we agreed on the subject.
So far we have not had to borrow any money.
They're delighted with the replies they've received from the public thus far.
so far so good
used to say that things have been happening successfully until now
We've reached the semi-finals. So far so good.
far from something
used to say that something very different is true or happens
Conditions are still far from ideal.
far from doing/being something
Far from helping the situation, you've just made it worse.
far from it
used to say that the opposite of what has just been said is true
'Are you bored?' 'Far from it. I could listen all night.'
Local people aren't objecting - far from it.
far and wide
over a large area
His fame spread far and wide.
came from far and wide
came from many places
to see the concert.
by far/far and away
used to say that something is much better, worse etc than anything else
Watching sport was by far the most popular activity on Saturday afternoons.
Spring is far and away the best time to visit the islands.
somebody will/would/should etc go far
used to say that you think someone will be successful in the future
He was the best student in his year, and everyone was sure he would go far.
as/so far as I'm concerned
used when giving your opinion about something
As far as I'm concerned she can come home whenever she likes.
as/so far as something is concerned
used when you want to talk about a particular thing
As far as money's concerned, there shouldn't be a problem.
as/so far as I know/I can remember/I can tell/I can see etc
used to say that you think that something is true, although it is possible that you do not know all the facts or cannot remember completely
There weren't any buildings there at all, as far as I can remember.
As far as I can see, there's nothing else to discuss.
far be it from me to do something
used when saying that you do not want to criticize someone or say what they should do, especially when this is what you are really about to do
Far be it from me to teach you your job, but don't you think you should have been more careful?
as far as it goes
used to say that an idea, suggestion, plan etc is satisfactory, but only to a limited degree
His theories are fine, as far as they go.
not go far
if money does not go far, you cannot buy very much with it
My salary doesn't go very far these days.
if a supply of something does not go far, it is not enough
The coffee won't go far if everyone wants a cup.
in so far as/insofar as/in as far as
to the degree that
The research suggests that the drug will be successful, in so far as one can draw conclusions from such a small sample size.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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