Example sentences of "a long " in BNC.

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1 The depth of a ( rooted ) tree is the length of a longest path from the root to a leaf .
2 For a long time deemed a white , Western organization , the setting up of section sin countries like Tunisia , Algeria and South Korea , are ample illustration of Amnesty 's worldwide stature .
3 The list of laws that have been amended , the treaties that have been ratified , and prisoners ' conditions that have been improved is a long one .
4 In 1977 another letter came , then a long silence until 1981 , then a letter in 1984 .
5 De Klerk dismissed suggestions that he ca n't control his security forces by pointing out that he appointed 10,000 police officers last year , and claims that the new influx will go a long way in helping subdue township unrest .
6 He is the first of a long line of distinguished French portrait sculptors .
7 The list of themes and their varied fortunes is a long one .
8 This fuller appreciation may result from a short or a long article , even occasionally some unexpected insight or well-phrased judgement ; but it will not come from a brief comment off the cuff , an item of gossip , or a mere listing .
9 Some latitude can be allowed to serious critics who write for periodicals which go to press a long time before a show is on view ; these critics will not be able to comment on how the exhibition actually looks , as their articles will have been written before the show 's installation .
10 She is seen to suffer for what she did , and Mary , the other sister , likewise ‘ paid heavily ’ : let down by an Indian student with whom she had been having a long affair .
11 She begins by recalling a remark made to her a long time ago by Larkin , about difficulties encountered in his private life — a remark which consisted of a joke to do with ‘ the impossibility of relations between men and women ’ , followed by the notion that ‘ women ought really to marry each other ’ , followed by ‘ but that would be wrong , would n't it ? ’
12 In middle age he has experienced a breakdown , an identity crisis , which followed a long illness and an operation .
13 In a few hours I felt reborn and replete with new powers , washed clean and cured of a long sickness , finally ready to enter life with joy and vigour ; equally cured was suddenly the world around me , and exorcised the name and face of the woman who had gone down into the lower depths with me and had not returned .
14 This Glasgow Hamlet is the latest in a long line of impersonations , and his soliloquies are the novel he inhabits , or most of it .
15 His crisis is precipitated by word of his transfer to another school ; he staggers towards resigning from the school he 's at , and maybe from the profession , and then bunks off for a long afternoon 's superlager , home-brew and whisky with his brother , who is on the dole , and two of his brother 's mates .
16 I remember these nomads myself , from a long while ago in Scotland .
17 Undoubtedly one of the best ways the overseas student has of seeing what is required in British theatre training is to apply for one of the summer schools offered by the drama schools , and find out what it 's all about before committing him- or herself to a long and expensive stay .
18 It took me a long time to accept the fact that now I should not be killed — that I should be one of the survivors .
19 I think it 's all over for a long time .
20 As Miller argues , there is a long tradition among the protestants of Ulster of viewing the British state ambiguously .
21 A number of higher clergy in Ulster and many of its lay intellectuals stand a long way off from protestant — loyalist politics and are in fact politically dissociated from them .
22 A dislike by Irish clerics for such an explicit and direct church — state relationship has a long tradition and comes out best in De Tocqueville 's ( 1957 ) conversations with Irish clergy on his visit to Ireland in 1834 .
23 I had been preparing myself for that moment for a long time , he typed , as Harsnet had written .
24 That is why , wrote Harsnet , I have been preparing myself for that moment for a long time , that is why I have cleared the decks and prepared the ground , because unless the decks are cleared and the g round prepared there is little hope of succeeding in what one has planned to do , little hope of achieving anything of lasting value , though lasting is a relative term and so is value and whatever it is one has planned to do is certain to be altered in the process , which does not of course mean , he wrote , that one can start anywhere at any time .
25 I can say without embarrassment that I have been training for this for a long time , that I have learned to breathe the rarefied air , that I now know when to stand still and when to move forward , when to attack and when to retreat , when to leave a problem to resolve itself and when to go on working at it till the solution emerges .
26 A long night , he wrote .
27 Had been dreaming about this for a long time , he wrote .
28 But still a long way to go .
29 It may not be ready in time , I told her , there 's still a long way to go .
30 Yesterday he rang the bell for a long time but no point in opening the door .
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