There is a question in which I have to identify the type of adverb. Question sentence is

The railway station is far off.

What my analysis of the question is

Here off is an adverb which means away from a particular place and far is also an adverb which indicates the amount/degree so far must be an adverb of degree/quantity, but the answer given in my book is adverb of place

Please help me clear my doubt

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    I'd say that "far away" is a preposition phrase, with "away" as head and "far" as modifier.
    – BillJ
    Jun 6, 2019 at 6:52
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    Far off is acting adjectivally to is, not adverbially. Although you can try to analyze the components of far off individually, it seems simpler to think of the phrase as a whole. (It's the equivalent of distant.) Jun 6, 2019 at 10:52

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It can't be that "off" means "away from a particular place" in this usage, or

The railway station is off.

would mean that the station is at a moderate, but not a great distance. But it doesn't mean anything of the sort. If it has any meaning at all, it means "there is something wrong with he station, but I'm not sure what." and that is a completely different use of "off".

I think that "far off' must be considered together, as an adjectival phrase, as the comment by Jason Bassford suggests. It is giving a characteristic of the station, not modifying any verb.

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