Example sentences of "be [vb pp] for a long [noun sg] " in BNC.

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1 Also , the slow course of the disease implied that any drug would have to be given for a long time in order to be effective and so would have to be particularly harmless to patients .
2 Historians will be occupied for a long time to come in determining the exact balance and interaction of forces — including , to mention only the more obvious , the economic disaster of the Second World War , the rise of America , and the development of nationalism — which contributed to Britain 's imperial demise .
3 Luke , she knew , would be occupied for a long time yet , drinking coffee with the other women , talking over the day , helping to cement working relationships for the future .
4 Basilican churches continued to be built for a long time but many variations of form developed , with one dominant theme : a dome , or domes over an open space below .
5 As your child puts together the 50 chunky pieces , each new bit of the picture will encourage him to talk to you about what he sees — be prepared for a long conversation !
6 They also may not be prepared for a long walk to a phone .
7 Corners can be cut on flowers and remember , the flowers at the reception are going to be seen for a longer time than those in the church .
8 A behavioural response is strengthened when it has an increased probability of occurring ( frequency ) or when it is likely to be performed for a longer period of time ( duration ) .
9 However , composers very frequently use a free ordering of the note-material at such points : This is an excellent method of serial usage , and because it can produce a varied horizontal flow of notes in each part , a single version of a series can be used for a long piece ( Luigi Nono 's choral-orchestral work Il canto sospeso , for example , is written entirely with one series , never transposed and always in its ‘ O ’ form ) .
10 Does my hon. Friend agree that when such councils involve constitutional amendments to the treaty as well as , as always , substantial business for the Heads of Government to transact , some new formula should be produced whereby meetings could be scheduled for a longer period ?
11 Sean Murray of Philip Morris said that their considerable arts programme will not be affected for a long time , and that the legislation is designed to prohibit brand promotion , not corporate publicity .
12 Their hard work , efficiency and friendliness helped to produce a day which will be remembered for a long time by all those who took part .
13 I had decided that I had to face up to the fact that John might not come back or he might be gone for a long time and that when he did come back we might not love one another .
14 Did you say to her , I 'm going out to re I 'm going out and I may be gone for a long time .
15 It seems to be gone for a long time .
16 Those benefits may be continued for a long succession of generations upon deserving objects , let us strenuously support our own undertaking : and may our children , and our children 's children feel an ardour even greater than our own in the cause of humanity ; so that as long as the County of Bedford exists , its Infirmary may be one of the chief objects of care , and one of the principal sources of its honest pride . ’
17 But I discard that idea , for the water is too shallow over the sand and once a fish is hooked the fishing would be finished for a long time while the rest of the shoal got over the scare .
18 The picture was not seen as ‘ a moment of time ’ but the wings were assumed to be spread for a long period ( Goldsmith , 1984 , pp.2–3 ) .
19 It has to be cooked for a long time because of its size , but it will still be pink in the middle and have a succulence to it .
20 If an experiment produces animals that are to be kept for a long period , or that are to form the basis of a breeding colony .
21 In a hospital or a bank , where records have to be kept for a long time , the files would not be deleted routinely , but stored in archives until the expiry of the prescribed storage period .
22 The cost need not be very high and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that the finished result will be kept for a long time , if not forever , by the recipient .
23 These can be kept for a long time and are likely to breed .
24 Sometimes truth may be suppressed for a long time but while it is imprisoned it gathers to itself more and more power so that on the day that it is finally released it explodes , blowing everything asunder .
25 Her husband Alex , 45 , said : ‘ Hopefully , when he is dealt with at a magistrates court later for driving with excess alcohol he will be banned for a long time . ’
26 ‘ Hopefully , when he is dealt with at a magistrates court later for driving with excess alcohol he will be banned for a long time . ’
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