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    What does the phrase "long time coming" mean? I mean the connotation? Does that mean something has been in the process of coming for a long time and finally it has come, or not come yet, but it will come eventually, or it will not come. Thanks.

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    Depends on the tense of the verb that precedes it:
    He finally apologized. It's been/was a long time coming.
    John: He's going to apologize.
    Mary: It's a long time coming.
    that is, he hasn't as yet, and the apology is long overdue.

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    Default Re: Long time coming

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Depends on the tense of the verb that precedes it:
    He finally apologized. It's been/was a long time coming.
    John: He's going to apologize.
    Mary: It's a long time coming.
    that is, he hasn't as yet, and the apology is long overdue.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    What does the phrase "long time coming" mean? I mean the connotation? Does that mean something has been in the process of coming for a long time and finally it has come, or not come yet, but it will come eventually, or it will not come. Thanks.
    "A long time coming" is sort of a phrase that is similar to the phrase "about time" when commenting on something that should have been done previously but was delayed and delayed.

    John: "I am finally getting my compensation for that industrial accident".
    Jim: "Well, that has been a long time coming, hasn't it? You have been very patient".

    John: "I am finally getting my compensation for that industrial accident".
    Jim: "Well, it's about time. You have been very patient".

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    Default Re: Long time coming

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    "A long time coming" is sort of a phrase that is similar to the phrase "about time" when commenting on something that should have been done previously but was delayed and delayed.

    John: "I am finally getting my compensation for that industrial accident".
    Jim: "Well, that has been a long time coming, hasn't it? You have been very patient".

    John: "I am finally getting my compensation for that industrial accident".
    Jim: "Well, it's about time. You have been very patient".
    Thanks a million.

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