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Question about an expression

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Question about an expression
Hello everybody, I hope you all had some great summer holidays and are back to work full of energy ;)
I was just reading an article and came across a sentence, I would like to ask you something about

"Acknowledging your child�s proper speech will go a long way toward encouraging him to use suitable words in the future"

The expression �go a long way", is that in the meaning of .. it will take a lot of time or is it more like "in the long run". Is there any synonym, that would make the sentence more clear, maybe?

Thanks a lot in advance :) Have a great day

6 Sep 2013      


I believe it means it will be extremely useful, it will help a lot, etc...

6 Sep 2013     


Go a long way towards doing something means to be very helpful.

6 Sep 2013     

United States

Great :) thanks a lot you two :) Have a nice weekend!!

6 Sep 2013     


8 Sep 2013