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    What does "this seven year a..." mean?

    Hi,

    I have come across two sentences today but I am not sure whether I have understood correctly their meaning:

    1. We have lived here this seven year a happy couple.
    2. He has been this seven month a doctor.

    Does it mean that the couple has been living there for seven years and that it has been seven months since he became a doctor?

    One last question: How often does one encounter such structures in every day life? I assume they are quite quaint.

    Thank you for your help.

    LW

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    Re: What does "this seven year a..." mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Wolf View Post
    Hi,

    I have come across two sentences today but I am not sure whether I have understood correctly their meaning:

    1. We have lived here this seven yearS a happy couple. Very rare. Mannered.
    2. He has been a doctor this seven month. Even rarer. Archaic. Note the order.

    Does it mean that the couple has been living there for seven years and that it has been seven months since he became a doctor?

    One last question: How often does one encounter such structures in every day life? I assume they are quite quaint.

    Thank you for your help.

    LW
    1 is very rare. 2 is just not met today. My grandfather might have used it, but he was born in the 19th century. (This form is visible if you analyse the word 'fortnight' - fourteen nights. [Francophones can't count" ] A week used to be called a se'ennight - you may come across this in old sources.)

    b

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