A man is driving to New York with his son. His son says:

Dad, where are we?

The man says:

We are three hours away from New York.

(I mean they will arrive in New York in 3 hours)

Is this phrase 3 hours away from New York is correct?

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    Yes, it's correct and common. – Dan Bron Nov 11 '15 at 20:59
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    Yep, perfectly fine. Though note that similar wording might be used to refer to distance by air: "But Mom, we'll only be living three hours away" might mean that there are reasonably frequent airline flights between the two locations, and the typical flight time is three hours. – Hot Licks Nov 11 '15 at 21:06
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    Yes it is certainly idiomatic, though apparently illogical. – WS2 Nov 11 '15 at 21:15
  • What do you mean by saying apparently illogical? – keramus Nov 11 '15 at 21:26
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    @WS2 - In pre-motorized times distances were often expressed as "a two-hour walk" of "an hour's ride". Nothing illogical about it. – Hot Licks Nov 11 '15 at 22:13

Yes, it is perfectly correct; not to mention, fairly common.

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