A long story
Compiled by John Millen
'It takes a long time to become young.'
Pablo Picasso - Spanish artist (1881-1973)
Enjoy your long weekend
What is ...?
1 a long weekend
a. a weekend when you stay at home
b. a weekend extended by including Friday and/or Monday
2 a long-lost relative
a. a relative who died some time ago
b. a family member you didn't know existed
3 a long shot
a a competition you think you will win
b something you try to do, even though you are not likely to succeed
4 a long-haul flight
a. a plane journey that involves a long distance
b. a plane trip that involves lots of delays
5 a long story
a. something that you don't want to explain in detail because it will take too long
b. a movie that lasts more than two hours
Think long and hard
What do these phrasal verbs mean?
1 to think long and hard (about something)
a. to think about something very, very carefully
b. to make your mind up quickly
2 to go a long way
a. to make a mess of something
b. to be very successful in the future
3 to take the long view
a. to think about the effects something will have in the future
b. to buy yourself a new pair of expensive designer glasses
4 to have come a long way
a. to have wasted a lot of money
b. to have made a lot of progress, especially if it's unexpected
5 to have a long memory
a. to be able to remember things that happened a long time ago
b. to remember good things but forget bad things
6 to long for something
a. to want something very much
b. to wish that something would end quickly
Long time no see!
What do the following statements mean?
1 Have you met my old friend Tom? We go back a long way.
a. Tom and I don't like each other.
b. I have known Tom for a very long time.
2 As long as you want
a. For as much time as you want
3 Long time no see!
a. I haven't seen you for a long time
b. I don't want to see you for some time
4 At long last!
a. It's finally happened!
b. I am very hungry!
5 So long!
a. How are you?
Complete these dialogues using a phrase from the previous exercise.
1 How long have you known him?
2 See you tomorrow.
3 How long can we spend at the beach?
4 Hello, Peggy. How are you?
Hi, Jane! __________________
5 Have you heard Paul and Sue have set a date for their wedding.
Yes, __________________ It's taken them months to decide.
Choose the correct noun to complete these sentences.
1 We've just discovered a (long story/long-lost relative) in England.
2 I'm not telling you all the details of what happened. It's a (long shot / long story).
3 It's a (long-haul flight/long shot), but why don't you ask for a promotion?
4 I'm really looking forward to the (long weekend/long story) over National Day.
Enjoy your long weekend: 1. b, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. a
Think long and hard: 1. a, 2. b, 3. a, 4. b, 5. a, 6. a
Long time no see: 1. b, 2. a, 3. a, 4. a, 5. b
Long dialogues: 1. We go back a long way, 2. So long!, 3. As long as you want, 4. Long time no see!, 5. at long last!
Long gaps: 1. long-lost relative, 2. long story, 3. long shot, 4. long weekend