He comes from far.

Is this a correct sentence? The confusion is that 'far' follows a preposition (from), which means that 'far' is being used as a noun. Can 'far' be used as a noun? Standard dictionaries list 'far' as an adjective/adverb.

  • "He comes from afar" is more idiomatic.
    – Showsni
    Oct 18, 2022 at 2:55

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I would take this as a shortened form of something like:

  • He comes from far away.
  • He comes from a far place.

Such shortening is common in English, particularly in informal usage, and it sometimes uses words in roles that they do not normally have. I would not call this wrong.

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