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#176997 - 05/18/08 11:00 AM Parse this?!
AnnaStrophic Offline
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"... quite a ways..."

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#177000 - 05/18/08 11:12 AM Re: Parse this?! [Re: AnnaStrophic]
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quite :- adverb
a :- determiner (or definite article)
ways :- noun (plural in form, but used as a singular)
(MWDEU entry on way, link)
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#177002 - 05/18/08 11:24 AM Re: Parse this?! [Re: zmjezhd]
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An appreciable distance

I am quite a ways from understanding my PC
Belgium is quite a ways from Florida


Edited by dalehileman (05/18/08 11:26 AM)
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#177005 - 05/18/08 01:29 PM Re: Parse this?! [Re: dalehileman]
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a fur piece.
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#177024 - 05/19/08 01:06 AM Re: Parse this?! [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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I've long used it without giving furlongs a thought.

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#177033 - 05/19/08 08:07 AM Re: Parse this?! [Re: zmjezhd]
AnnaStrophic Offline
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 Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
quite :- adverb
a :- determiner (or definite article)
ways :- noun (plural in form, but used as a singular)
(MWDEU entry on way, link)


Thanks, Nuncle. I just couldn't work it out.

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#177036 - 05/19/08 08:20 AM Re: Parse this?! [Re: morphememedley]
zmjezhd Offline
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Furlong is from Old English furhlang < furh 'furrow, trench' + lang 'long'.
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