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    #1

    long time, no see!

    I know how and when we should use "long time, no see!", but is it possible to change it to other forms e.g.:
    One month, no see! / Three years, no see! / ...

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    Re: long time, no see!

    Hi,

    I've never heard it like that. Apparently, it only works with "long time"

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: long time, no see!

    In fact, whatever pidgin it somes from (I've heard several suggestions, ranging from Native American to Hong Kong Chinese) may not even have had such specific divisions of time. I thinjk the precise time is likely to emerge in the ensuing conversation:

    'Long time no see.'
    'How long is it - it must be - what? - two years?'
    'And the rest. It was at Jim and Sue's wedding, and their oldest is five - no, coming up to six.'
    .... etc. ('And they cried.'/'Tune in next week' )

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    #4

    Re: long time, no see!

    NOT A TEACHER

    Hello, English4everyone:


    Since language learning involves grammar + cultural elements, may I most respectfuly suggest that you NOT use

    this greeting to an Asian acquaintance. S/he might think that you are mocking his/her command of the English language.

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    #5

    Re: long time, no see!

    It is a natural English expression, and has been for many years. If an Asian acquaintance felt I were mocking her/him, I should simply inform her/him of this.

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