Linear function F continuous somewhere, to prove continuous everywhere

Homework Statement

Let $$f:A\subset{\mathbb{R}}^{n}\mapsto \mathbb{R}$$ be a linear function continuous a $$\vec{0}$$. To prove that $$f$$ is continuous everywhere.

Homework Equations

If $$f$$ is continuous at zero, then $$\forall \epsilon>0 \exists\delta>0$$ such that if $$\|\vec{x}\|<\delta$$ then $$\|f(\vec{x}) \|< \epsilon$$.
$$f$$ also satisfies $$f(\vec{a}+\alpha\vec{b})=f(\vec{a})+\alpha f(\vec{b})$$.

The Attempt at a Solution

I tried using several forms of the triangle inequality to prove that $$\|f(\vec{x})\|<\epsilon$$ implies that $$\|f(\vec{x})-f(\vec{x_0})\|<\epsilon$$ by means of adding a zero $$f(x)=f(x+0)=f(x+x_0-x_0)=f(x)-f(x_0)+f(x_0)$$ but I havent been able to conclude anything special.

hunt_mat
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If you examine the value of the functional at the point ax then you will see that as f is continuous at 0, you can still make f(ax) as small as you like in the norm. Choose a point x_{0} and examine f(x-x_{0}), you know that ||f(x)||<epsilon for all values of x, so...

Office_Shredder
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You don't know that f(x) is going to be small (in general it won't be).

Try just using linearity: f(x)-f(x0)=f(x-x0)

I don't seem to be catching the drift. I can't figure out how to use the linearity property in order to get to where I want to be.

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