Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a long time (back/ago)

a long time agoa long time back
Meaning(s)
1) a significant distance in the past
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • don't worry, it was a long time ago
  • Analysis
    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 'A long time ago' is used a lot in old stories (and at the start of Star Wars), but 'a long time back' is a newer version of this expression.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)
    1. Don't worry, it was a long time ago, so I'm not angry about it anymore.
    2. My university days feel like a long time ago, but only a few years have passed.
    3. Oh, we covered that in the course a long time back. You should have some notes somewhere.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. You were trained to use this equipment a long time ago. I don't see what the problem is.
    2. 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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