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    Why long comes before a in "long a goal" ?

    Why "a long goal" is not used in this case?
    Long comes first because of emphasis?


    The letter
    , sent to top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, endorses greater transparency in surveillance programs, long a goal for tech companies that must comply with government data requests from around the world.

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    Re: Why long comes before a in "long a goal" ?

    'Long' here means 'for a long time'.

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    Re: Why long comes before a in "long a goal" ?

    Ask Why isn't "a long goal" used in this case?
    Does "long" come first for emphasis?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: Why long comes before a in "long a goal" ?

    NOT A TEACHER

    Hello, Langue:


    I just thought that you might like to parse that sentence.

    Let's simplify it to:

    "The letter endorses greater transparency, long a goal for tech companies."

    In my opinion, that is a shorter way to say:

    "The letter endorses greater transparency, which has long been a goal for tech companies."

    If you study that sentence carefully, you may agree with me that "long" is an adverb that modifies the verb "has been."

    It does NOT modify the noun "goal."

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