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    #1

    Question long/length?

    Dear All,

    In the following sentence which word should be used: length or long?
    "The X River with approximately 30 km long/length originates from the northern parts of Y Mountain."

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    Bahar



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    Re: long/length?

    It's too poor a sentence to say.

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    Re: long/length?

    Perhaps "The X river, which is 30km long, starts somewhere in the north of Y mountain". Having said that, rivers don't usually start in mountains and we don't usually refer to the north/south/east/west of a mountain, only of a mountain range. We might use the north/south/east/west face of an individual mountain.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: long/length?

    I agree with most of what emrs suggests, although I'd argue that actually many rivers do originate in mountains, either from springs or snow-melt.

    You could say any of these:

    The X River, which is 30 km long, originates in the northern Y Mountains.
    The X River, which is 30km in length, originates in the northern Y Mountains.
    The X River, with a length of 30 km, originates in the northern Y Mountains.

    In all of these examples however, 'Mountains' actually refer to a mountain range, as emrs mentioned, such as the 'Rocky Mountains'.

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