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    Take or spend?

    He said he was disappointed the government was taking too long to establish whether there was a link between drywall, corrosion and health problems.


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    My teacher always warns:

    Sth takes sb too long

    or

    Sb spends too long doing sth


    Is 'the government was taking too long ' good?

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    Hello jiaruchan

    It's a good sentence. It means the government was taking too long of a time to / was taking a long time to ... :


    He said he was disappointed (that) the government was taking too long to establish whether there was a link between drywall, corrosion and health problems.

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    Re: Take or spend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hello jiaruchan

    It's a good sentence. It means the government was taking too long of a time to / was taking a long time to ... :

    He said he was disappointed (that) the government was taking too long to establish whether there was a link between drywall, corrosion and health problems.

    Thank you, Soup. I have looked up TAKE in the dictionary and it says it took ten minutes for him to do the job=he took ten minutes to do the job.

    So you are right.

    Here I have another question. Am I right to note take(v.) too(adv.) long(adv.) and It did not take(v.) long(n.).

    One is an adverb, the other is a noun. Am I right?

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    Re: Take or spend?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Here I have another question. Am I right to note take(v.) too(adv.) long(adv.) and It did not take(v.) long(n.)
    I believe the structure is as follows:

    too (adv) + long (adj) + to-infinitive verb
    Ex: It takes too long (to wash the car).
    Below, the adjective long substitutes for the noun time, which makes it a noun here:

    take (a) long (time)
    Ex: Will it take long? <noun>


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    Re: Take or spend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    I believe the structure is as follows:
    too (adv) + long (adj) + to-infinitive verb
    Ex: It takes too long (to wash the car).
    Below, the adjective long substitutes for the noun time, which makes it a noun here:
    take (a) long (time)
    Ex: Will it take long? <noun>

    In the first sentence, if 'long' is an adj, does it modify 'take'? If yes, why is it an adj rather than an adv? Thank you.
    Last edited by jiaruchan; 24-Nov-2009 at 18:37.

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