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"Far" is an adverb which is often translated as "lejos", and "afar" is an adverb which is often translated as "desde lejos". Learn more about the difference between "far" and "afar" below.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (distant in space)
a. lejos
How far is it to Mexico City?¿Qué tan lejos estamos de la Ciudad de México?
2. (distant in time)
a. lejos
Grandpa's birthday is not far.El cumpleaños del abuelo no está lejos.
3. (a lot)
a. mucho
The weather is far better here than in New York.El tiempo es mucho mejor aquí que en Nueva York.
b. muy
This wine is far superior to that cheap wine we had yesterday.Este vino es muy superior al vino barato que tomamos ayer.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (distant)
a. lejano
China is in the Far East.China está en el Lejano Oriente.
5. (extreme)
a. extremo
The far right controls the party.La extrema derecha controla el partido.
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afar
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (from, to, or at a great distance)
a. desde lejos
The actors traveled afar to audition for the renowned theater.Los actores viajaron desde lejos para hacer audiciones para el teatro famoso.
b. lejos
I saw, afar off, the house on the hill.Vi de lejos la casa en la loma.
c. a lo lejos
The train's whistle is audible from afar.Se puede oír el silbido del tren a lo lejos.
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