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    He had long since agreed to it

    "He had long since agreed to it".

    Please tell me whether the above sentence is correct. Is "since" necessary or superfluous?

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    Re: He had long since agreed to it

    'Long since' is correct according to http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long%20since
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    #3

    Re: He had long since agreed to it

    The 'since' is necessary.

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    Re: He had long since agreed to it

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    Please tell me whether the above sentence is correct?
    A gentle reminder:
    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    This is a statement: Please tell me which of the above is correct.
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    #5

    Re: He had long since agreed to it

    In the context that "long" should be followed by "since", is it wrong to use "long" in "Balding and thinning has long been the bane of many." ?

    Also please comment about the punctuation marks above.
    Last edited by MeyaN; 10-Nov-2016 at 14:33.
    P.S. Please correct any errors above.

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    #6

    Re: He had long since agreed to it

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    Is the usage of "long" in "Balding and thinning has long been the bane of many"? [1. No period before the quotation mark. Even if the sentence you're quoting ends with a period, the question mark after the quote is enough to end it. 2. You've left out some words before the question mark. What's your question?]
    See my corrections above.
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    Re: He had long since agreed to it

    Thank you. But it's given that "The intention here is to avoid using the same punctuation mark
    twice in succession" in the following article(please also read the paragraph below it and kindly clarify my doubt.)
    1.http://www.betterwritingskills.com/a...tion-marks.txt

    As for second correction, I directly took it from the below article:
    2. First sentence in this article. http://www.thehindu.com/2001/02/18/stories/1318048a.htm
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    Re: He had long since agreed to it

    I'll try to review the punctuation article later.

    The sentence you quoted is fine. The problem is that you didn't ask a question about it. You need to write something like Is the usage of "long" in x correct? We need to know what you're asking about before we can answer.
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    Re: He had long since agreed to it

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    Is the usage of "long" in "Balding and thinning has long been the bane of many."?
    'Long' is used as an adverb meaning 'for a long time' according to http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/long
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    Re: He had long since agreed to it

    Please see post #5. It's now been edited to make my query more clear.
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