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Grammar question: They live far away.?

Can you say, "They live far" or "They live away"? Just using one of them?

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  • 1 month ago
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    "Far away" is a collocation.  That means that they are two words that are customarily used together to form a certain well known meaning.  It's not technically wrong to separate them but it would confuse most people.  Language has both literal and figurative meaning.  If you break up figurative language it loses its meaning because the words aren't used in a precise way.

    • M.
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      1 month agoReport

      Collocation = the habitual juxtaposition of a particular word with another word or words with a frequency greater than chance.

      Ouch!!

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  • Lôn
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    1 month ago

    No, it doesn't convey the same meaning.

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  • reme_1
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    1 month ago

    They live far away is perfect.

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  • Pearl
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    1 month ago

    they live far away sounds better

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  • 1 month ago

    I don't think so.

    You can say "It is far". And, "They are away".

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  • 1 month ago

    No you need both words

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