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1. It is 10km away from this island to that island.
2. It is 10km from this island to that island.
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Are both okay? Do we have to use 'away' or not? Is 'It' refers to 'the distance'?

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asked by rfvv
  1. Second one makes sense, first does not. I think it is better to use "the distance" instead of "it" as "it" is indefinite.

    posted by Brea
  2. I disagree with Brea to an extent. "It" does refer to the distance and is perfectly acceptable. She's right that #2 is better than #1. Using "away" is redundant, although not incorrect. It's just an extra word.

    posted by Reed
  3. I disagree with Reed, to an extent.

    "This island is 10 km away from that island"

    is common usage, while #1 seems to say that "it" is 10 km away. Not so. I'd say that you'll never hear a native English speaker use #1's syntax.

    posted by Steve

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