I wrote a song including the following lyrics:

When I take the time it takes to get near

You're probably already away...

And I don't want to change the rhythm of it. Now my bandmates tell me, I have to add "far" or "gone" before the word "away" i.e. far way and gone away to turn it into proper English.
Are they right?

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  • How does one do any research for this type of question? Do users just vote to close questions they dislike? – Mari-Lou A Dec 11 '16 at 12:17
  • There's nothing wrong with it. – Hot Licks Dec 11 '16 at 14:03
  • It sounds rather unusual, and you'd be unlikely to hear it in natural speech; but since you're a songwriter writing a song, you have quite a lot of poetic licence to play with, and in song lyrics it works fine. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 11 '16 at 14:40

Yes, the following sentence is perfectly grammatical:

  • You're already away.

Prepositions such as away, unlike adverbs, are perfectly acceptable as Locative Complements of the verb BE.

Consider the simpler sentence:

  • They are away at the moment.

which is uncontroversially grammatical.

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