''Far away'' Vs ''distant''

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,


Which of the options is idiomatic/common? If neither, what do you suggest? Please take a look.


a. "In Brasilia, everything is far away. You need a car or a bus to get around. For example, to go from my house to the bank, I usually take 30 minutes on foot - a huge distance.


b. "In Brasilia, everything is distant. You need a car or a bus to get around. For example, to go from my house to the bank, I usually take 30 minutes on foot - a huge distance.


Thank you in advance!
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    Neither. Although I am sure you will hear both said.

    "In Brasilia, everything is far away. This would be taken literally at first and then, after a pause for thought, you would be understood.

    b. "In Brasilia, everything is distant. "Distant" has another meaning - vague; as if thinking of something else; not concentrating.

    The problem is that you are trying to express a negative with a positive. To express your idea, it would be better to use a negative:

    "In Brasilia, nothing is close by."

    "In Brasilia, nowhere is convenient."
     

    nh01

    Senior Member
    Turkish
    The hospital is too far from our house.
    The hospital is too distant from our house.

    Are the both of the sentences correct? Thanks.
     

    nh01

    Senior Member
    Turkish
    Thanks. If I used house, would it be necessary to use "from"? For example,

    The hospital is too far home/ far from home.

    Thanks.
     
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