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HSS

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Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
You would say 'a ways,' 'a ways off,' 'a long ways back,' 'a little ways up the hill,' etc. But what is the speech level of 'a ways'? I suspect it is rather high in informal speeches in the U.S. Am I correct? (I checked its trend, and see that the use is on the steady upswing)

Hiro
 
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  • Parla

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    English - US
    You would say 'a ways,' 'a ways off,' 'a long ways back,' 'a little ways up the hill,' etc.
    I wouldn't, nor would anyone I know. I would say "far off", "a long time back", "a little way up the hill".
     

    HSS

    Senior Member
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    Ooops, Parla, yes, 'would.' I unwillingly left it out. I edited it.

    So, you wouldn't or nobody around you would. Okay, so all in all it may not be so popular as I thought.
     
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