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    by a long way/easy

    1. We have won by a long way. (Is it natural)
    2. Please, go easy with/on the salad, there is not much.

    Could you tell me why "easy" is used in this sense(not to use too much), because I feel this sense a bit contradictory to its usual meaning?

    Wholehearted Thanks.

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    Re: by a long way/easy

    Hi,
    The first, no. They won by a wide margin. They won by a lot. They won easily.

    Go easy = don't do/take so much.

    Go easy on the accelerator - don't speed
    Go easy on the salad - don't take too much
    Go easy on the vodka - don't make my drink too strong
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: by a long way/easy

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hi,
    The first, no. They won by a wide margin. They won by a lot. They won easily.

    Go easy = don't do/take so much.

    Go easy on the accelerator - don't speed
    Go easy on the salad - don't take too much
    Go easy on the vodka - don't make my drink too strong
    I would accept "We have won by a long way" as being common colloquial English. (BrE)

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    Re: by a long way/easy

    Ah, okay, I revise my answer: Yes, there, but no, here!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: by a long way/easy

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Ah, okay, I revise my answer: Yes, there, but no, here!
    Even here, colloquially at least, I think.

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