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Which of the following word orders is grammatical?

  1. Games based on real life are sometimes not far enough removed.
  2. Games based on real life are sometimes not far removed enough.
  3. Games based on real life are sometimes not removed far enough.
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All 3 are just fine grammatically. –  Jim Sep 19 '12 at 7:01
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...but not idiomatically. –  Andrew Leach Sep 19 '12 at 7:02
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Since "enough" qualifies "far", you should put it next to "far". So number 2 is not so good, because it suggests that "enough" qualifies "removed", not "far". But numbers 1 and 3 are both perfectly fine.

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"far removed" is an idiom. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/… –  Kris Jan 17 '13 at 9:55
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"Games based on real life are sometimes not far removed enough."

To convey the correct sense.
Other constructions do not seem to express the correct meaning.

far removed to be very different from something

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Will the great scholar please stand up? –  Kris Jan 18 '13 at 6:07
    
I don't really understand what your above comment means. Would you care to explain? –  Abluescarab Jan 27 '13 at 7:09
    
@Abluescarab I was addressing the learned down voter, expecting them to offer a comment. My comment meant: "I don't really understand your down vote. Would you care to explain?" –  Kris Jan 27 '13 at 7:18
    
Ah, I see. Thank you for the clarification. –  Abluescarab Jan 27 '13 at 7:27
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