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thin vs long #1 (permalink) Wed May 21, 2008 8:55 am   thin vs long
 

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #116 "Paper expressions", question 9

She makes a loaf of bread last a very long time because she cuts each slice paper ..........

(a) slight
(b) long
(c) tight
(d) thin

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #116 "Paper expressions", answer 9

She makes a loaf of bread last a very long time because she cuts each slice paper thin.

Correct answer: (d) thin

Your answer was: incorrect
She makes a loaf of bread last a very long time because she cuts each slice paper long.
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Could you please explain me this sentence?

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thin and long #2 (permalink) Thu May 22, 2008 4:34 am   thin and long
 

This requires an understandingg of the adjectives that are in regular use. A thick man is not the opposite of a thin man. A long discourse is different from a mile long bridge. The long and short of this is that you have to feel the difference rather than get a wordy explanation. Try this; take bread and try to cut it into thin loaves and another into long loaves.
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thin vs long #3 (permalink) Thu May 22, 2008 6:23 am   thin vs long
 

Hi Geothall,

In addition to Nanucbe's explanation I'd like to point out that your question should read "Could you please explain this sentence to me".

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thin vs long #4 (permalink) Thu May 22, 2008 11:33 am   thin vs long
 

Hi Geothall

If you cut a loaf of bread into very thin slices, you will get many more slices than if you cut the same loaf of bread into thick slices.
In the context, 'paper thin' basically means 'extremely thin'.
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thin vs long #5 (permalink) Wed Aug 25, 2010 13:38 pm   thin vs long
 

Sorry, I just can't understand the first part of the sentence: "She makes a loaf of bread last a very long time", does this mean it takes she a very long time to make or the bread lasts long time or other?

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