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what does ways mean in this sentence?

 
 
Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 12:38 pm
Paris was a ways away.

Does ways mean long distance? Is it singular?

Thank you.
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camlok
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 12:54 pm
@perennialloner,
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Paris was a ways away.

Does ways mean long distance? Is it singular?

Thank you.


It describes a middling distance.

Paris was a long/short/an incredible ways away.

The last not necessarily common but possible.

perennialloner
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:15 pm
@camlok,
Thank you, centrox.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:24 pm
@perennialloner,
"Ways" alone means "distance," "a ways" means "a considerable distance."
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camlok
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:29 pm
@perennialloner,
Had it been Centrox, you would have received bad information. Smile
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centrox
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:29 pm
Using 'ways' in this way is US regional dialect casual usage, mainly rural.
perennialloner
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:30 pm
@perennialloner,
Sorry, I meant camlok.
centrox
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:31 pm
@perennialloner,
perennialloner wrote:

Sorry, I meant camlok.

That would be funny, if camlok wasn't such a sicko. he used to be called JTT and he was just as bad then. Ask him about the Burma Railway.
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camlok
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:31 pm
@centrox,
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Using 'ways' in this way is US regional dialect casual usage, mainly rural.


False.

See what I mean about getting goofy English advice from centrox.
centrox
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:34 pm
@camlok,
camlok wrote:
False

Not false, TRUE. Camlok is a loony.
camlok
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:40 pm
@centrox,
Typical centrox proof. Zippo.
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perennialloner
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:40 pm
For what it's worth, I like and appreciate you all.

So, ways is a distance of any length but very short, and usually considerable?

Could I say, "the ways is 50 meters from here"?
centrox
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:42 pm
I guess that they say "I guess I'll mosey down the road a ways" in Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow, and at Buckingham Palace, and I'm just ignoring that out of malice. My bad.
centrox
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 01:43 pm
@perennialloner,
perennialloner wrote:
Could I say, "the ways is 50 meters from here"?

Only if you want native speakers to fail to understand you. Camlok is mad. Ignore him.
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camlok
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 02:03 pm
@centrox,
centrox: Using 'ways' in this way is US regional dialect casual usage, mainly rural.
centrox now says: I guess that they say "I guess I'll mosey down the road a ways" in Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow, and at Buckingham Palace, and I'm just ignoring that out of malice. My bad.

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Yes, your bad and your stupidity.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 02:10 pm
@perennialloner,
perennialloner wrote:

For what it's worth, I like and appreciate you all.

So, ways is a distance of any length but very short, and usually considerable?

Could I say, "the ways is 50 meters from here"?

You would say "the way is 50 meters from here."

"A ways" is an idiom, so you wouldn't use "ways" as you would "way."

You can modify "a ways," like in, "Paris was a short ways away."

Alone, "a ways" means, "a considerable distance."
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camlok
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 02:23 pm
@centrox,
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centrox: Using 'ways' in this way is US regional dialect casual usage, mainly rural.


M-W:
Definition of a ways to go
US, informal
: a long distance to go We still have a ways to go before we're home. —often used figuratively We've done a lot of work on this project, but we have a long ways to go. She still has a ways to go before graduation.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20ways%20to%20go
centrox
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 02:26 pm
@camlok,
InfraBlue wrote:
"A ways" is an idiom

camlok wrote:
US, informal

This is what I said.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 03:51 pm
@centrox,
I think his objection is that you characterized the idiom as regional and rural. It's pretty common throughout the US.
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camlok
 
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Reply Wed 14 Jun, 2017 04:05 pm
@centrox,
InfraBlue wrote:
"A ways" is an idiom

camlok wrote:
US, informal

centrox: This is what I said.
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You are willing to lie even when your lie is right there for all to see.

You wrote:
Using 'ways' in this way is US regional dialect casual usage, mainly rural.

which is not at all what it is. Then you compounded your lie making a fatuous comparison to Brits, when they have nothing to do with what you stated.
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