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    People have long memories.

    Hello,

    These are the lines from the course book 'ProFile 1' by OUP:
    'Never try to make yourself popular through silly jokes or bad behaviour - people have long memories.'

    My students have flooded me with their VoiceThread presentations and I keep hearing 'people have a long memory' and 'people have a bad memory'.
    As for 'a bad memory', it is clearly a wrong choice. What about 'a long memory'?
    Can I say such a sentence: 'Avoid telling him jokes. If he misunderstands your joke, you are in trouble. He has a long memory.'

    Thank you for your time and help.

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    Re: People have long memories.

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    Hello,

    These are the lines from the course book 'ProFile 1' by OUP:
    'Never try to make yourself popular through silly jokes or bad behaviour - people have long memories.'

    My students have flooded me with their VoiceThread presentations and I keep hearing 'people have a long memory' and 'people have a bad memory'.
    As for 'a bad memory', it is clearly a wrong choice. What about 'a long memory'?
    Can I say such a sentence: 'Avoid telling him jokes. If he misunderstands your joke, you are in trouble. He has a long memory.'

    Thank you for your time and help.
    Yes, your example sentence is fine.

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