Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

as/so long as

as long asso long as
Meaning(s)
1) one thing is set as conditional/dependent on the other
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • as long as this happens, that will happen
  • Analysis
    The phrase 'so long as' or 'as long as' indicates something that has been going on the whole time, similar to 'for as long as': "As long as they have known each other, they have been good friends." "They always try to stay in France for as long as possible over the Summer." It can also mean something is dependent on another thing: "As long as you do your homework you can go to the party." This is a phrase you will find in professional and social contexts. Similar phrases include, 'inasmuch as', 'provided that', and 'during the time that.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I don't care how long we have to wait, so long as I get my free dessert.
    2. As long as Cinderella kept working, she thought she would be allowed to go to the ball.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. For as long as sales were low, there was a danger of staff being made redundant.
    2. As long as you finish your work on time, I'll let you go home early.
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