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Today I come across a sentence in my book:

There are more people farther away, especially to the east.

But if I say:

There are more people further away, especially in the east.

Do the both have same meaning? Please explain.

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to the east refers to the direction: somewhere towards east, regardless of distance

in the east refers to the region found towards east - usually that region should be known to the speakers / listeners.

"Famous" regions:

  • in the Middle East
  • in the Far East

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