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  • Distance from Chicago to New York is 1500 km.

  • Distance between Chicago and New York is 1500 km.

Are these 2 sentences exactly the same or they have different meanings? Can I use them interchangeably?

  • We would say the distance in both sentences, and the actual distance is ~1150 km. – Alan Carmack May 6 '16 at 4:58
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Both statements mean the same in terms of stating a distance.

However

Distance between Chicago and New York is 1500 km.

is a more neutral toned way of stating how far apart Chicago and New York are

Distance from Chicago to New York is 1500 km.

would usually be used to place the centre of measurement using Chicago as the origin

The distance from the sun.
Distances to London are measured from Charing Cross.

This is in contrast to using to to show the objective or destination

The road to Damascus
The long road to freedom

  • I remembered in my school days years back I wrote similar sentence with the distance from A to B, but I ended up getting a red strike-through, and a correction - the distance between A and B. – Man_From_India May 8 '16 at 5:51

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