to go a long way to [uncover]

SophieD

Senior Member
FRANCE - FRENCH
A criminologist says :
I'm going to make a test that will go a long way to uncover the guy that planted the bomb.

What does that mean ? "that will help to uncover" ?
 
  • maxiogee

    Banned
    English
    Yes. The criminologist is almost certain that the test will actually identify the criminal, but isn't prepared to say so 100%.
     

    hly2004

    Banned
    chinese
    here's how I understand:

    Compared with a quick, short way, the criminologist says he is going to adopt a method which is presumably more complicated but more authentic, reliable, undeniable, to prove the man is gulity of planting the bomb
     

    Roddyboy55

    Senior Member
    England, English UK
    If the writer intended to say it was a longer process for finding the criminal, he would have used something like, will go THE long way to ...

    The implication of the original text is that the test will almost certainly solve the crime, although other police work will still be needed.

    best wishes
    Rod
     
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