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Is it correct to say: "it is not that far a distance"?

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It's grammatical, but why would you want to say it? Wouldn't you say It's not far?

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Well, OP might mean "It's not all that far" :-) –  StoneyB Dec 24 '12 at 19:03
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I think it's correct, but "not that great a distance" would be more common.

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Yes. See this Ngram. But "not so/that/as far to X" would be more natural. –  StoneyB Dec 24 '12 at 19:00
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