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    Cool as long as possible

    Hello!

    Can you tell me if the following sentence is correct, please?:

    "The objective is to make a sentence as long as possible. "

    Thank you for your help
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    Re: as long as possible

    The sentence is grammatically correct, but it's a strange thing to ask a student to do.

    The longer the sentence, the harder it is for the reader to understand it.

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    Re: as long as possible

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The sentence is grammatically correct, but it's a strange thing to ask a student to do.

    The longer the sentence, the harder it is for the reader to understand it.

    Rover
    Thank you Rover.

    What about this one? :

    The objective is to make as long a sentence as possible. "

    Thanks a lot
    Will

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    Re: as long as possible

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Thank you Rover.

    What about this one? :

    The objective is to make as long a sentence as possible. "

    Thanks a lot
    Will
    Yes, that's OK - probably more correct but less commonly used than the previous one.

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    #5

    Re: as long as possible

    We know what the objective is; what's the point of making a sentence as long as possible?

    Theoretically there's no limit.

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    Re: as long as possible

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    We know what the objective is; what's the point of making a sentence as long as possible?

    Theoretically there's no limit.

    Rover
    Maybe the exact sentence isn't the point, and that Will just wants templates for: "The objective is to make X as Y as possible. The objective is to make as Y an X as possible."

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    Cool Re: as long as possible

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Maybe the exact sentence isn't the point, and that Will just wants templates for: "The objective is to make X as Y as possible. The objective is to make as Y an X as possible."

    that's right.

    Thank you all.
    Will

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    #8

    Re: as long as possible

    The goal is to make your wife as happy as possible.
    The object is to make this cake as chocolately as possible. (I may have made that word up.)
    The goal is to make this dish as good for you as possible while still tasting delicious.

    (Some more laudable goals than long sentences, presented for your consideration.)
    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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