ESL Sentence Patterns:

[Subject] lasts [amount of time]


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Subject – lasts – amount of time
(the subject continues for how long)



  • That is a long movie. It lasts almost 3 hours.
  • Summer vacation lasts 2 months.
  • The cell phone battery lasts about 1 year. After 1 year, you will need to buy a new one.
  • I usually buy name brand clothes, because they last longer than cheaper clothes.
  • When my girlfriend broke up with me, she said, “Nothing lasts forever.”
  • The training course lasts one week.
  • You’re only going to be on vacation for 3 more days, so enjoy it while it lasts.



Complete these sentences with “lasts – amount of time”

1. You should think twice before you get a tattoo, because it will _______________________________.

2. The company hired a new boss in 2008 and fired him in 2009. He only _________________________.

3. Humans can _____________________________________________________ without food or water.

4. A new lightbulb should _____________________________________________________.

5. If you leave the milk out of the refrigerator, it will only _____________________________________.

6. A new car will ____________________________ than a used car.


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