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Is it grammatically correct to say "It's two kilometres far" or "town B is two kilometres far from town A?" Usually, we just omit the 'far.' But if we keep it in there, it's still correct right? My students are learning this grammar, and I want to teach it correctly!

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    "It's two kilometres away."
    – Kris
    Oct 26, 2018 at 6:01
  • We do not omit the "far". There is no "far" there to omit. If you think there is a "far" there that we omit, you must not be teaching English. This is a very basic question no teacher should ever have.
    – ЯegDwight
    Oct 26, 2018 at 9:26

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It is worth remembering that 'far' is an adjective, so we can say:

  • It is far.
  • It is green.

To put it after a noun phrase become problematic:

  • It is 2 kilometres far.
  • It is a fast dog green.

The structure tries to force the adjective into becoming a noun, which while this will work in some contexts like 'I walked the dog on the village green', it needs a certain amount of agreement among users.

For 'far' we have to consider that in the context of distance we have 'farther', which already works in the context as a strengthener:

  • It is 2 kilometres farther.

The question is why would we need to use 'far' when we could use 'farther' and other equivalents, like 'away' and 'distant'?

  • It is 2 kilometres away
  • It is 2 kilometres distant

This is not to say that 'far' is not being used this way, or has never been used this way, but it is worth avoiding in a teaching environment when there are safer choices.

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    If you can't use far in this context because it's an adjective, why can you use long? Meaning 1.1 in the Oxford Dictionary en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/long
    – JavaLatte
    Oct 26, 2018 at 9:48
  • @JavaLatte it is in the explanation, I began by indicating that adding an adjective does not automatically assure a successful result. I finished by using 'distant', which is an adjective. Oct 26, 2018 at 10:17

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