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    Love him long

    "Do you love him long?"

    Could you please tell me, what does it mean?

    Jim carrey says this in "dumb and dumber 2".

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    Re: Love him long

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    "Do you love him long?"

    Could you please tell me (no comma here) what does it this means?

    Jim Carrey says this in "Dumb and Dumber 2".
    I can only assume there was some amusing/ironic reason for his using this unnatural statement. The natural question is "Have you loved him for a long time?" or the briefer "Have you loved him long?" Note that second is OK in colloquial English but I wouldn't use it in an exam situation.

    Note my corrections above. I can't believe we're still having to remind you that you have to capitalise proper nouns.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Love him long

    Given the source for this, I can only assume it is some play on the stereotypical racist "me love you long time," a proposition to American GIs by Asian prostitutes.

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    #4

    Re: Love him long

    Tufguy, remember that humor doesn't follow the normal rules. Also, context always helps regardless.

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    Re: Love him long

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Given the source for this, I can only assume it is some play on the stereotypical racist "me love you long time," a proposition to American GIs by Asian prostitutes.
    That was my immediate thought - a reference to the hooker scene from Full Metal Jacket.

    Note, potentially offensive language if you watch the whole clip.

    Edit: Yes, indeed. Here's the clip in question, which reminds me yet again why I can't stand Jim Carrey's so-called "humor".
    Last edited by Skrej; 28-Jun-2016 at 00:22.
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    Re: Love him long

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can only assume there was some amusing/ironic reason for his using this unnatural statement. The natural question is "Have you loved him for a long time?" or the briefer "Have you loved him long?" Note that second is OK in colloquial English but I wouldn't use it in an exam situation.

    Note my corrections above. I can't believe we're still having to remind you that you have to capitalise proper nouns.
    But what this means?

    Sorry the actual sentence is "Have you loved him long?"

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    Re: Love him long

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    But what this means?
    What does this mean?

    Please pay more attention to your basic constructions, tufguy. The constant need for correction distracts from consideration of your actual question.

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    Re: Love him long

    "Have you loved him long?" means exactly the same as "Have you loved him for a long time?"

    We frequently use just "long" to mean "for a long time".

    Have you worked here long?
    Has he lived in London long?
    Will you keep that dog long?
    Have you been waiting long?
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    #9

    Re: Love him long

    I want to stress this point: in both the Jim Carrey quote and in the Full Metal Jacket scene that inspired it, it's "long time", not just "long".

    Jim Carrey: "Do you love him long time?"
    Vietnamese hooker: "Me love you long time."

    (Note: In both cases, the grammar is wrong.)
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