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    for my taste

    "It took too long for my taste."

    What does the sentence mean? What is "for my taste" to mean?

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    Re: for my taste

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    "It took too long for my taste."

    What does the sentence mean? What is "for my taste" to mean?
    In the context in which you are using it could mean ' it took too long for my liking '.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    "It took too long for my taste."

    What does the sentence mean? What is "for my taste" to mean?
    hello, i think that it means :IT TOOK TOO LONG FOR MY PREFERENCES.


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    Re: for my taste

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    "Taste" in this sense originally referred to one's preference for works of art, clothing and pretty much anything visible that you could buy or appreciate. Remember, it just meant your preference, what you liked. You can easily tell the difference between the "sense" of taste and this concept of "taste" by watching for the preposition or "in".

    He has great taste in clothing.

    Later on it came to mean "refined taste" meaning you could appreciate fine things, this lead to claims that people had "good" or "bad" taste, "had taste" or "did not have taste".

    However, in your example you say "it took too long for my taste", this means that an action took too long to be completed, but this (in my mind) is not something we normally make taste judgements about. Although someone could conceivably say such a thing.

    I think that the suggestions which have been offered sound more natural.

    "It took to long for my liking.
    "It took to long, in my opinion."

    We often talk about someone's taste in art, or taste in decoration, but rarely their taste in well, length of events.


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    Re: for my taste

    Thank you all for your replies! :)

    Weiming, do you mean that the sentence "It took too long for my taste." is incorrect? Or do you just find it unusual?


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    Re: for my taste

    It is fine as a sentence - "for my taste" is a commonly used collocation which need have nothing to do with aesthetic judgement. It could be regarded as more informal but it is not incorrect. The alternatives are equally acceptable.


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    Re: for my taste

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    Lenka>

    I find it to be unusual to the point of needing revision. "Taste" in this sense is almost always used to refer to
    aesthetic values or preferences.

    "That haircut took a bit long for my taste."(x)

    I could not sanction the use of "taste" something as mundane as a haircut.

    Anglika>

    Could you?

    The matter becomes different if the length we're talking about is something like a play or artistic dance, but this cannot be known as there was no context given.


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    Re: for my taste

    Quote Originally Posted by weiming View Post

    I find it to be unusual to the point of needing revision. "Taste" in this sense is almost always used to refer to
    aesthetic values or preferences.

    "That haircut took a bit long for my taste."(x)

    I could not sanction the use of "taste" something as mundane as a haircut.

    I know that the word taste is (often) connected with aesthetic values or preferences but in that case, the sentence "It took too long for my taste." would not make much sense, right? What should the "it" mean so that it could really refer to easthetic preferences?

    (Please, correct my English - I know I make many mistakes .)


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    Re: for my taste

    I'm nothing but a basic learner.
    In my language "for my taste" means "in my opinion". I hope it helped more than confused.

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