far from now

mylittle_e

Senior Member
Chinese
Hello, teachers:

I read a piece of news from The Telegraph: Force is with Serena as she takes revenge By Sue Mott.

Henin-Hardenne, likewise dragged into the post-Paris controversy, was also at pains to make it clear that "the past is the past. I have no regrets. I don't want to talk any more about what happened in Paris because it's very far from now. I think you make great things about nothing. And it's really stupid".

Is it good to use "far" to refer to "a long time" here ? "far" usually refers to a distance.

Thank you.
 
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Time can be thought of in terms of distance, e.g. in the distant future.

    We can talk about "(at a time) not far from now", which seems quite normal to me.

    But the text you quoted is about the past and in BE I would say it's a (very) long time ago rather than it's very far from now.
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Henin-Hardenne is Belgian and she's using those words in a way I don't think a native speaker would use them.
     
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