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    Question about "Get a long way toward"

    What does " go a long way toward" mean in this context? Thanks!

    MALLORY
    Why?

    SAM
    Well, if I could make eye contact with her, make her laugh, you know, just see that she has a good time, it might go a long way toward making my life easier.


    MALLORY
    These children worked hard. All of them. And Iím not inclined at this moment to make your life easier.

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    Re: about "Get a long way toward"

    [QUOTE=english-learner]What does " go a long way toward" mean in this context? Thanks!

    make a lot of headway, go forward with something.

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    Question Re: about "Get a long way toward"

    Thanks Marylin. Can you give some examples about this phrase?

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    Re: about "Get a long way toward"

    Quote Originally Posted by english-learner
    Thanks Marylin. Can you give some examples about this phrase?

    Reading, writing and converstanional exercises will go a long way towrds my fluency in English.
    Proper diet and a lot of exercise goes a long way towards staying in shape.
    Fighting terrorism, poverty and hunger goes a long way towards finding peace and prosperity among nations.



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    Re: about "Get a long way toward"

    Proper diet and a lot of exercise goes a long way towards staying in shape.
    Fighting terrorism, poverty and hunger goes a long way towards finding peace and prosperity among nations.

    Shouldn't "Goes" be "Go", in the first sentence because there are two subjects?

    Thanks, and if I am mistaken, please explain why.

    reisali@hotmail.com

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    Re: about "Get a long way toward"

    I'm also waiting for Marilyn's answer re 'Proper diet and a lot of .....'

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    Re: about "Get a long way toward"

    I've heard both, but grammatically, your suggestion seems to be the appropriate way to go. Two subjects ---> Verb in plural form

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    Re: about "Get a long way toward"

    It depends on whether you see them as two separted things or a single unit, so different users might use the singular and plural differently. Personally, I'd use the plural.

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