Talk:long

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Harrumph. Wide and broad are not synonyms of long.... --71.56.143.145 22:29, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

I agree. I'll move them to See also. — Hippietrail 23:16, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

"I won't be long"[edit]

Can "long" be considered an adjective in the sense of having taken a long time, ("I won't be long.")? —This comment was unsigned.

Hmm. If so, I suppose "having great duration" sort of covers this. I had a look in Chambers and they get a bit closer to this by having "extended in time; taking a considerable time". It's interesting that you can say "I won't be long" but not "I was long", nor anything like "That long shopkeeper said he'd be back an hour ago!". Maybe it's just an elliptical form. Equinox 20:07, 18 September 2011 (UTC)

all night long[edit]

How would we analyse 'long' in this context? Isn't it a postposition? All night long = during the whole night? Does English have postpositions anyway? I'm not an expert on English.

Isn’t it the same as two hours long? — TAKASUGI Shinji (talk) 07:10, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
Yeah of course. But where is that in the text? And what is it grammatically?
Same kind of construct as "three inches tall" or "six miles high". Equinox 15:09, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Hmm right, that's very similar at least. I probably thought about it wrong because in German there is a postposition "lang" (= long), which is without doubt a postposition in a local sense (= along), and might also be one in the temporal sense. But in German you can also say: "We stayed there three weeks long." Which would be ungrammatical in English. So nevermind...