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Re: As far as or as long as

Posted by ESC on August 15, 2003

In Reply to: As far as or as long as 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.

a) is understandable but could be clearer. But b & c are not correct. Could you reword what you were trying to say?

As far as exams go, the students are not motivated. Students are not motivated regarding their exams.