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    Since a long time?

    Hi. How can I express the meaning of the underlined expression in one word (adverb)?
    "It is a long time since you are not a guest in our house, you are a member of our family."
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    Re: Since a long time?

    'Long' is an adverb in 'you have long not been a guest in our house'.

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    Re: Since a long time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Long' is an adverb in 'you have long not been a guest in our house'.
    This doesn't work for me.

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    Re: Since a long time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mher View Post
    Hi. How can I express the meaning of the underlined expression in one word (adverb)?
    "It is a long time since you are not a guest in our house, you are a member of our family."
    You haven't been a guest in our house for ages sounds natural to me. In your version, you are not needs changing to you have been.

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    Re: Since a long time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    This doesn't work for me.
    Is it because the adverb 'long' doesn't sound natural here?

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    #6

    Re: Since a long time?

    First, if I am right, I can see a comma splice in the original sentence.
    https://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/2/1/34/
    Second, I'm not sure what it means. Does it mean something like 'You've been here (in our house) long enough to be part/a member of our family - you're not a guest any more'?

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    Re: Since a long time?

    I think it means 'You have long been our family member instead of a guest in our house'.

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    Re: Since a long time?

    It's a long time since you were a guest in our house! You are a member of the family.

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    Re: Since a long time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mher View Post
    It is a long time since you are not a guest in our house ...
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's a long time since you were a guest in our house ...
    Has bhaisahab distorted the meaning of the original sentence, which contains the word 'not'?

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    Re: Since a long time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think it means 'You have long been our family member instead of a guest in our house'.
    You have long been a family member works, though maybe just been family would work better, but you have long not been a guest doesn't IMO.

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