A long story

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 September, 2011, 12:00am


'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

b. Never

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?

b. Goodbye!

Long dialogues

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.

Long gaps

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