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    Default what, would you say, does the figure of speech "years" (hours, days, months) imply?

    I was always under the impression that in a sentence like "Oh, but that was years ago!", the word "years" signifies a fairly substantial number of years, at the very least more than five.

    Then somebody told me that anything two or over could be expressed this way.

    I don't know, though, saying "years" when it's only two or three just doesn't sound right to me.

    Am I mistaken about this?
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    Default Re: what, would you say, does the figure of speech "years" (hours, days, months) impl

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    I was always under the impression that in a sentence like "Oh, but that was years ago!", the word "years" signifies a fairly substantial number of years, at the very least more than five.

    Then somebody told me that anything two or over could be expressed this way.
    You are correct; the 'somebody' is not.

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