- "It was real far...."
- "It's real late...."
- "He's a real cool guy...".
The word you are grasping for is very or extremely or something OTHER than REAL!
- Very far.
- Extremely late.
- Pretty freakin' cool.
There are a million ways to say this, people, so can we just stick "real" in the can for a while?!!:!:!:! Particularly in written form, folks. AAAAK! And don't bother sending me a link to dictionary.com that allows for using it as an adverb in an informal style. Succombing to this sort of dumbing down of the language has got us where we are today...with our children completely convinced that a majority of the males that they do not know are really named "Dude".
It drives me nuts, but I am aware that it may just be me. I'm real sorry.