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Will it be correct if I say so "there is a long way from home to university"? Is it correct to use the construction "there is" or should I use "it is" instead? If so, why?

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Both are correct but mean different things

There is a long way from home to the university

means that there is more than one way to go, and one takes longer than the others. So you might say

There is a long way from home to the university, but it is worth it due to the scenery.

It is a long way from home to the university

means that any way between the two is long.

"There is" tends to relate to existence.

"It is" tends to relate to universality.

I do not mean those to be universal rules, but they reflect common usages.

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