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    The play was five years in the making - meaning

    Hello everybody!

    Does "The play was five years in the making" mean "The play took five years to make" or "Five years were needed in order to make the play"?

    The sentence is partly made up by me.

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    Re: The play was five years in the making - meaning

    NOT A TEACHER

    It means that the play took five years to make.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: The play was five years in the making - meaning

    It might not have needed five years to make it. Perhaps the people making it were incredibly slow workers. All we know is that it did take five years to make it. Out of curiosity, when you say "make the play", do you mean "write the play"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The play was five years in the making - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello everybody!

    Does "The play was five years in the making" mean "The play took five years to make" or "Five years were needed in order to make the play"?

    The sentence is partly made up by me.

    Thank you.
    I don't know what you think the difference is between "The play took five years to make" and "Five years were needed in order to make the play"?

    They mean the same thing to me.

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