Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

in the long run

in the long run
Meaning(s)
1) over an extended length of time in the future
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • it will be worth it in the long run
  • Analysis
    The phrase 'in the long run' literally means 'eventually'. "If you start your essay now it will be beneficial in the long run." 'In the long run' refers to a time in the future. We usually use this phrase to say that something will be 'worthwhile in the long run' or 'beneficial in the long run', it may be inconvenient or difficult now but the benefits will be seen or achieved over time. Similar words and expressions include 'eventually', 'in the end' and 'when all is said and done'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I know that buying a house is expensive, but it will be worth it in the long run as the cost of renting a place is so high.
    2. Investing in stocks gives more return in the long run than saving with a pension scheme.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The widespread job cuts happening at the moment are difficult, but in the long run it will work out for the best as it ensures the company's survival.
    2. Harry is always looking for investors willing to help grow his business. Those that are investing for the long run rather than looking for a quick profit.
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