If you want to find out the width of country, which one would be more idiomatic:

1- How far across is France?

2- How long is it from the westernmost to the easternmost of France?

Or is there any other practical way to say it?

And another question: Does the structure "how far across" asks about the same thing (the width) for a country like the Sweden or does it mean from the northernmost to the southermost point of it, because it is bigger if you measure it lengthwise?

  • The word you are missing is distance; What is the distance from A to Z. Countries don't have "widths".
    – Lambie
    Dec 9, 2022 at 19:21
  • @Lambie, in which question do I need the word "distance"? I think you mean the 2nd one.? "How long is the distance from the westernmost to the easternmost of France? Is that right?
    – Yunus
    Dec 9, 2022 at 19:25
  • You would really have to say something like "westernmost point", because otherwise it sounds like something is missing.
    – stangdon
    Dec 9, 2022 at 19:29

1 Answer 1


How far is X from Y? How far is X to Y?

OR What is the distance of X to Y?

[but not: how long is the distance]

  • What is distance from France's westernmost point to its easternmost point?
  • How far is it [same as above]
  • Thanks for the answer. So, I understand that the structure in number 1 "How far across is France" would be wrong?
    – Yunus
    Dec 9, 2022 at 19:34
  • @yunus Well, it might sound sort of informal. We would say, for example, the field is 200 meters across. How far across is the field? But not a country. How far across is the US is grammatically ok, but semantically not great.
    – Lambie
    Dec 9, 2022 at 19:37

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