Distance, size, and dimension

A Distance
 


How far is it?
Is it a long way?

Is it very far?

Is it a long way?
Is it very far?
Not very far.
No, just around the corner. / No, a short walk,
[very near]
No, not far. / No, just a five- or ten-minute walk,
[fairly near]
Yeah, a fairly long way. / Yeah, over a mile.
Yes, it's a long way. / Yes, it's miles. / Yes, it's too far to walk.

B Size and dimension
  width
length
shallow end
length
width
height
deep end Xj
depth
  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 . . .? or
How long/wide/high/tall/deep/big is . . . ?

Note
:
o We generally use tall to describe people, trees, and buildings; and high to describe mountains. We also say high-rise buildings.
o Notice that in the answer to these questions, an adjective follows the measurement:

The yard is about thirty feet wide. [The width is about thirty feet.]

C Size in people and things
 
a tall girl
[* a short girl]
a fat person [* a thin/slim person] (See Unit 44 for more details.)
a long book [many pages] [* a short book]
a deep lake [many feet deep] [* a shallow lake]

a thick book [* a thin book] a wide road [x a narrow road]
 
Note: We can use big or large to describe size in English, but not great. For English-speaking people, great (informal) often means "wonderful," e.g., a great movie. But we can use great before big to say that something is very big, e.g., a great big dog. If you want to ask about size in clothes, you can say: What size are you? or What size (shoes) do you take/wear? If you don't know, you need someone to measure you.