Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
a long time (back/ago)
a long time agoa long time back
1) a significant distance in the past
How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
don't worry, it was a long time ago
This is a very simple phrase that just refers to a much earlier time than now. It can be used in any context, social or professional. 'A long time ago' is used a lot in old stories (and at the start of Star Wars), but 'a long time back' is a newer version of this expression. You are more likely to hear this expression used in conversation or if someone is telling you a story informally about their life.
Social Examples (Basic)
Don't worry, it was a long time ago, so I'm not angry about it anymore.
My university daysfeel like a long time ago, but only a few years have passed.
Oh, we covered that in the course a long time back. You should have some notes somewhere.
Professional Examples (Basic)
You were trained to use this equipment a long time ago. I don't see what the problem is.
We signed up with this vendor a long time back. It's been one of our most lucrative contracts to date.
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