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    Dominoes is offline Junior Member
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    Default Please, can someone tell me if I am wrong.

    One of the definitions of "languish" in the Oxford Dictionary is "to be forced to stay somewhere or suffer something unpleasant for a long time".

    My interpretation of the description is:
    first meaning: to be forced to stay somewhere unpleasant for a long time
    second meaning: to be forced to suffer something unpleasant for a long time.

    If the description had been:"to be forced to stay somewhere, or suffer something unpleasant for a long time", my interpretation would have been:
    first meaning: to be forced to stay somewhere
    second meaning: to be forced to suffer something unpleasant for a long time.

    If the description had been: "to be forced to stay somewhere, or suffer something unpleasant, for a long time", my interpretation would've been:
    first meaning: to be forced to stay somewhere for a long time
    second meaning: to be forced to suffer something unpleasant for a long time.

    Are my interpretations incorrect?

    Thank you for your time.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: Please, can someone tell me if I am wrong.

    No, they aren't.

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