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ages vs long time #1 (permalink) Wed Mar 04, 2009 15:30 pm   ages vs long time
 

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ESL/EFL Test #72 "At the End of the Day (1)", question 2

some who take ......... to wake up and some who jump straight out of bed first thing,

(a) long time
(b) ages
(c) periods
(d) lengths

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #72 "At the End of the Day (1)", answer 2

some who take ages to wake up and some who jump straight out of bed first thing,

Correct answer: (b) ages

Your answer was: incorrect
some who take long time to wake up and some who jump straight out of bed first thing,
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why not long time here?

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ages vs long time #2 (permalink) Wed Mar 04, 2009 16:22 pm   ages vs long time
 

Hi Timoxa,

If you wanted to use 'long time', it would need the indefinite articles 'a'.

Some who take a long time to wake up ....

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ages vs long time #3 (permalink) Sun Jun 20, 2010 18:03 pm   ages vs long time
 

Hi Alan ,
I thought ''ages'' means '' for many years'' but now I get it. Thank you very much.
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ages vs long time #4 (permalink) Sun Jun 20, 2010 18:15 pm   ages vs long time
 

Dear Alan,

Is it only "the definite article" or there is a difference in meaning?

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ages vs long time #5 (permalink) Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:57 am   ages vs long time
 

Hi teachers,

A short question. Is in the expression 'who take ages' all right with grammar? I mean, wouldn't be 'who takes ages' "more correct"? Why?

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ages vs long time #6 (permalink) Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:15 am   ages vs long time
 

It depends on the subject.

I / you / we / they / <any 3rd person plural noun> take
he / she / it / <any 3rd person singular noun> takes

Here we have the 3rd person plural 'some', so need 'some take'

some who take ...
one who takes ...
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ages vs long time #7 (permalink) Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:29 am   ages vs long time
 

Thank you Beeesneees!

Just for emphasising your answer...

'Some' makes a noun of the 3rd person plural:

some who take ...
one who takes ...

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