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    Smile lenthy versus long

    Even those who were believed to be exceptionally talented--whether in music, mathematics, chess, or sports--needed lengthy periods of instruction and practice to achieve their highest (levels of) performance.


    As a first point, if I replace lengthy with long in the context, would it cause a change in subtle nuances?

    Second, is it necessary to insert levels of after highest?

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    Re: lenthy versus long

    As a first point, if I replace lengthy with long in the context, would it cause a change in subtle nuances?
    Just a slight difference. Lengthy seems to be used a lot when talking about time frames, especially a time frame which is longer and maybe more tedious than usual.
    Second, is it necessary to insert levels of after highest?
    It's not necessary, but would give a change in nuance.
    "..needed lengthy periods of instruction and practice to achieve their highest performance" seems to refer only to the persons highest peak performance.
    "..needed lengthy periods of instruction and practice to achieve their highest levels of performance" suggests various high levels that are not necessarily at the very top or peak.

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