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Posted by Takeda nobuhiro on August 15, 2003

I am teaching English in Japan.
But lots of things about English grammar are still annoying me.

Let me ask you one thing.

Say students do not pay any attention whether or not they fail the exams.

Is it OK to say:

(a) Students do not get motivated as far as exams go.
(b) Students do not get motivated as long as exams go.
(c) Students do not study at home as long as they get interested.

If both (a) and (b) are correct, what differences do you feel about these two sentences?

Thanks in advance.