The phrase "go so far as to" say or do something, is common. But if I want to describe extreme distance such as traveling to a distant country. Can I use something like:

I could not imaging I could go so far as to America

If the above phrase is not correct, can you suggest other phrases.

  • It's actually "go so far as (to-infinitive)", not "go so far as to". Does that help? – John Feltz Aug 10 '18 at 13:50
  • I'm not getting what you mean by (to-infinitive). Can you give an example to clarify? And do you mean I can't use this phrase with location (e.g. far country)? – user9371654 Aug 10 '18 at 13:56
  • Is "go to as far as America" correct? – user9371654 Aug 10 '18 at 13:57
  • "to-infinitive" is the infinitive form of a verb. "to say", "to eat", "to breathe". In this form, 'to' is not a preposition, but is part of the verb. – John Feltz Aug 10 '18 at 14:22

For going to a location (even metaphorically), you use a slightly different phrase.

I did not think I would go as far as America.

I never thought I would get as far as Hollywood.

He'll never go as far as he wants in his football career if he doesn't practice the fundamentals more.


The phrase 'go so far as to' must be followed by a verb, e.g. 'say' or 'do'. It cannot be followed by a noun, e.g. 'America'. So you could say:

I did not think he would go so far as to go to America.

This is a rather clumsy sentence, so, although the meaning might be slightly different, you may prefer to say:

I did not think he would go as far as America.

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