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Can I use: 'Thirty minutes away by foot'? Or how should I write this sentence properly? I want to say that: 'I will be living less than thirty minutes away, by bicycle or by (foot/walking), from the college'?

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My place is just a 30-minute walk from the college. – Callithumpian Jan 18 '12 at 2:31

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I think that “30 minutes away on foot” is more colloquially standard in American English. Otherwise, what you're saying sounds fine.

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This may be regional; I find by acceptable. It mixes well with "by plane" or "by boat". – MrHen Jan 18 '12 at 2:58
Except for ?"colloquially standard in American English", it seems OK the way it is to me. – Kris Jan 18 '12 at 7:37

In descending order of usage and clarity... "30-minute walk from the college," "30 minutes by foot from the college," "30 minutes on foot from the college,"

"30-minute bike ride" or "30 minutes by bike." I wouldn't say "30 minutes on bike." You could use "30 minutes on a/the bike" but that seems to relate more to the time you spend on the bike vs. the trip. Like, "What did you do at the gym?" "Oh, I spent 30 minutes on the bike and then did push ups."

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Hello, Scott. As Matt Gutting has said, "What we're really looking for (on this or any other Stack Exchange site) is a supported answer; one that you can support with authoritative references." [ But Google Ngrams for "minutes by foot from" & "minutes on foot from" don't support your claim.] – Edwin Ashworth Jul 16 at 21:58

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