# Distance, dimension, Size in people and things

## Distance

• How far is it? Is it a long way? Is it a long way? Is it very far? Is it very far?
• No, just round the corner. / a couple of minutes’ walk (= very near).
• No, not far. / No, about five or ten minutes’ walk (= quite near).
• Yeah quite a long way. / Yeah, over a mile.
• Yes it’s a long way. / Yes it’s miles. / Yes it’s too far to walk.

Note:

• We can use far in a question or negative but not in a positive statement on its own
• We don’t say ‘it’s far’, we say ‘it’s a long way’. But we can say ‘it’s too far to walk’.

## Size and dimension

We can describe size using the nouns above or the adjectives formed from them, like this:

• What’s the length/width/height/depth/size of …?
• How long/wide/high/tall/deep/big is …?

Note:

• We generally use tall to describe people, trees and buildings; and high to describe mountains. We also say high-rise buildings.

• Notice also that in the answer to these questions, an adjective follows the measurement: The garden is about ten metres wide. (= The width is about ten metres.)

## Size in people and things

We use different words to describe the size of people and things:

• a tall girl     (not a short girl)
• a fat person    (not a thin person)
• a long book (= many pages)    (not a short book)
• a deep lake (= many metres)   (not a shallow lake)
• a thick book (not a thin book)