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    long to reign over us

    I came across an article with the title of "long to reign over us".What is the part of speech of the word "long"?Can you help me to understand its meaning?Thanks!Jason

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    Re: long to reign over us

    'Long' means 'for a long time. It is therefore functioning adverbially. It has nothing at all to do with the verb 'long'.

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    Re: long to reign over us

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    The phrase "Long to reign over us" is part of the British National Anthem.

    http://www.royal.gov.uk/MonarchUK/Sy...nalAnthem.aspx

    It signifies a wish that the Monarch reigns the country for a long time.
    The Queen Elizabeth the Second has just become the longest ever reigning British Monarch.
    It is in this usage an adverb as Piscean has already replied.

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    Re: long to reign over us

    'Long to reign over us' = 'to reign over us long'.

    Is it correct? Not a teacher.

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    Re: long to reign over us

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Long to reign over us' = 'to reign over us long'.

    Is it correct?
    It's not the way we say it.

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    #6

    Re: long to reign over us

    It means "to reign over us for a long time." It's an imperative, directed towards God.
    "Send her [victorious, happy and glorious] to reign over us for a long time."

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    Re: long to reign over us

    I thought it meant "want to reign over us". Does it?

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    I think you have made the same mistake as I did in my deleted post above, but I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: long to reign over us

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    I thought it meant "want to reign over us". Does it?
    No, it doesn't. It means that we want the monarch to reign for a long time.

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    Re: long to reign over us

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    No, it doesn't. It means that we want the monarch to reign for a long time.
    Is it trying to say "the queen that we long to reign over us"?

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