# far/near

#### piotr1980

##### Senior Member
Hello,

I want to make sure my uderstanding of ''far'' and ''near'' is correct.

This house is far away the city (the house is located 10 miles from the city)
This house is further the city(the house is located 15 miles from the city)
This house is furthest the city (the house is located 20 miles from the city).

This house is near the city ( 2 miles )
This house is nearer the city (1 mile)
This house is nearest the city (0.5 mile)

Many thanks
Piotr

• Hello,

I want to make sure my understanding of ''far'' and ''near'' is correct.

This house is far away from the city (the house is located 10 miles from the city)
This house is further (ummm, I'm not sure here) to the city(the house is located 15 miles from the city)
This house is furthest to the city (the house is located 20 miles from the city).

This house is near the city ( 2 miles )
This house is nearer to the city (1 mile)
This house is nearest to the city (0.5 mile)

Many thanks
Piotr

Well, I sure hope a more experienced speaker will give you a better answer, plus reasons

I would actually say that it's "farther from" and "farthest from."

Also, I've always learned that farther refers to distance, and further refers to an idea (such as furthermore).

I agree with Trisia on the other things.

his house is far from the city (the house is located 10 miles from the city)
This house is further (or farther) from the city(the house is located 15 miles from the city)
This house is furthest from the city (the house is located 20 miles from the city).

This house is near (to) the city ( 2 miles )
This house is nearer (to) the city (1 mile)
This house is nearest to the city (0.5 mile)

You can use "further" or "farther" for distance.

But only further for something additional or extra - "I have nothing further to add"

thank you to everyone.
Just one clarification. Do we need to use ''to'' after near or it's optional ?

This house is near (to) the city ( 2 miles )

thank you to everyone.
Just one clarification. Do we need to use ''to'' after near or it's optional ?
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Depending on the situation we can use:
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The sports ground is near the city,
The sewage works is nearer the city than the sports ground ,
The car park nearest the city is at the raliway station

thank you to everyone.
Just one clarification. Do we need to use ''to'' after near or it's optional ?

This house is near (to) the city ( 2 miles )

It's optional, piotr.

By the way, although I use "far" in negative and interrogative sentences (it's not far, is it very far?), I would tend to say "a long way" in affirmative sentences:
This house is a long way from the city.

If you say "far" or "far away" in affirmative sentences, it sends to sound either literary or like a children's story. The opening sentence of the first 'Star Wars' film is a good example:
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

Loob