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    Post Prolong vs extend???

    What is the difference between prolong and extend?
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    Extend a visit
    Extend a contact
    Prolong sb's life
    Extend a situation
    Prolong a farewell
    Extend a builing
    Prolong a deadline
    Expand a conversation

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    Re: Prolong vs extend???

    Not a lot, when you are referring to time. You can equally well use 'prolong a visit' and 'extend a visit' - the main difference is in the implication that the visit was (or was felt to be) long, if you use 'prolong':

    Mother-in-law to daughter: 'Would you mind if I extended my visit for another day or two?
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    Husband to wife: Do you mean that old bat is going to prolong her stay?

    But when you're talking about space, use 'extend': you 'extend a building'.

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    Re: Prolong vs extend???

    what about the others have i used them right?

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    Re: Prolong vs extend???

    Quote Originally Posted by Christin93 View Post
    What is the difference between prolong and extend?
    (If you could check... thank you)
    Extend a visit Either - see my last.
    Extend a contact
    Prolong sb's life 'Extend' would work as well - with the implication I've already mentioned.
    Extend a situation Never met this; 'prolong' would work.
    Prolong a farewell 'Extend' would be OK too. If it was an unwelcome experience, you might use 'drag out'.
    Extend a building See my last.
    Prolong a deadline Sounds very odd. Use 'extend', or - informally - 'push out/back'
    Expand a conversation
    I'm not sure what the last is doing. Either would do. But 'expand' in that context means 'increase the scope of', or just 'broaden'.

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