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    long ago

    Que-Has he come?
    Ans- He has come long ago. (2-3 hours ago)
    Is the usage of long ago correct in the answer above?

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    Re: long ago

    I would answer, "He came a long time ago". "A long time ago" counts as a specified time for the purposes of using the simple past.
    "Que- and Ans-" are not natural though.

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    Re: long ago

    I would not normally use "long ago" to refer to a time period of 2-3 hours. I would expect to see that phrase referring to longer time periods, including those of historical interest. "Long ago, men spent most of their time hunting for food."

    Alternatives for your use include:

    He arrived a little while ago.
    He came some time ago.
    He came a couple of hours ago.

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