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    Default long time no see

    "Long time no see" means "I have'n seen you in a long time"?

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    Default Re: long time no see

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Long time no see" means "I have'n seen you in a long time"?
    Yes, that's what it means.

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    Default Re: long time no see

    Yes, as bhaisahab already said, that is what it means.

    Regarding this expression, there is an interesting post by TheParser in this thread:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...me-no-see.html


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    Default Re: long time no see

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Long time no see" means "I have'n seen you in a long time"?
    NOT A TEACHER

    (1) I understand that it is an exact translation from Mandarin Chinese:

    Hao = Very

    Jiu = Long time

    Bu = Not

    Jian = See.

    The "smooth" English translation would be "I have not seen you for a

    long time" or "It has been a long time since I have seen you."

    (2) If you meet someone from China, it might be better not to say

    this. Perhaps some Chinese people might feel that you are mocking their

    language. It would probably be safer just to use the English translation.

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    Default Re: long time no see

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    (1) I understand that it is an exact translation from Mandarin Chinese:

    Hao = Very

    Jiu = Long time

    Bu = Not

    Jian = See.

    The "smooth" English translation would be "I have not seen you for a

    long time" or "It has been a long time since I have seen you."

    (2) If you meet someone from China, it might be better not to say

    this. Perhaps some Chinese people might feel that you are mocking their

    language. It would probably be safer just to use the English translation.
    Why did you put it like this: "It's been a long time since I have seen you"

    Guess it should have been " since I saw you"? Do you guys get to meet on a regular basis?

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    Default Re: long time no see

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Why did you put it like this: "It's been a long time since I have seen you"

    Guess it should have been " since I saw you"? Do you guys get to meet on a regular basis?
    NOT A TEACHER

    Hopefully, a teacher will soon answer your excellent question.

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    Default Re: long time no see

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    Hopefully, a teacher will soon answer your excellent question.
    Don't get mad at me. I'm just curious. I do appreciate your comment. Do you use Present Perfect in that kind of the sentence?
    Last edited by ostap77; 19-Sep-2010 at 21:46.

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    Default Re: long time no see

    /A learner/

    "It has been a long time since I've seen you."

    I must say that I am unfamiliar with this way of speaking the language.
    I've tried to explain the way to myself but I couldn't.

    I'd say

    It's been a long time since I saw you. (Both of them know when they last met)

    "It's been a long time since" could be the definite adverb of time for the simple past "saw" in the latter part.
    On the other hand "I've seen you" in the latter part can not be used with the definite adverb of time.
    Last edited by e2e4; 19-Sep-2010 at 22:06.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A learner/

    "It has been a long time since I've seen you."

    I must say that I am unfamiliar with this way of speaking the language.
    I've tried to explain the way to myself but I couldn't.

    I'd say

    It's been a long time since I saw you. (Both of them know when they last met)
    Sorry I put this question to TheParser.

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    Default Re: long time no see

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Don't get mad at me. I'm just curious. I do appreciate your comment. Do you use Present Perfect in that kind of the sentence?
    NOT A TEACHER

    (1) I am not angry. I really do want a teacher to answer your excellent

    question. I want to know the answer, too.

    (2) I was able to find this in an outstanding grammar book:

    It is/has been a long time since I have seen him. = I have not seen him

    for a long time.

    (3) Here is some more from that grammarian:

    It is/has been 4 years since I have studied it. (refers to an action in

    the past)

    It is/has been 4 years that I have studied it. (the action continues)

    It was 4 years ago that he died. (a point in the past)

    It is 4 years since he died. (attention to a period of time)

    (3) Your question is excellent: Can we say:

    It has been a long time since I saw you. I really cannot answer

    your question. I hope a teacher will enlighten us.

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