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#176997 - 05/18/08 03:00 PM Parse this?!  
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"... quite a ways..."

#177000 - 05/18/08 03:12 PM Re: Parse this?! [Re: AnnaStrophic]  
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R'lyeh
quite :- adverb
a :- determiner (or definite article)
ways :- noun (plural in form, but used as a singular)
(MWDEU entry on way, link)


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#177002 - 05/18/08 03:24 PM 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

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#177005 - 05/18/08 05:29 PM Re: Parse this?! [Re: dalehileman]  
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a fur piece.


formerly known as etaoin...
#177024 - 05/19/08 05:06 AM Re: Parse this?! [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]  
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I've long used it without giving furlongs a thought.

#177033 - 05/19/08 12:07 PM Re: Parse this?! [Re: zmjezhd]  
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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.

#177036 - 05/19/08 12:20 PM Re: Parse this?! [Re: morphememedley]  
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Furlong is from Old English furhlang < furh 'furrow, trench' + lang 'long'.


Ceci n'est pas un seing.

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