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    #1

    It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Note that the phrasal verb is "searching for".
    (A) I'll buy this shirt. It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted to get hold of.

    (B) I'll buy this shirt. It's exactly the kind of shirt I've been looking for in a long time.

    Do these two sentences work?

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    Re: It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted

    YAMATO2201, you added this post to a thread entitled "exactly/precisely" but your question doesn't appear to be about that. I have started a new thread for your question. Try not to hijack other people's threads with unconnected questions.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    your question doesn't appear to be about that.
    You are right. I apologize.

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    Re: It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by YAMATO2201 View Post
    (A) I'll buy this shirt. It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted to get hold of.

    (B) I'll buy this shirt. It's exactly the kind of shirt I've been looking for in for a long time. With my correction, it's OK.

    Do these two sentences work?
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above.
    Thank you so much.
    First, I wrote:

    (3) I'll buy this shirt. It's exactly the kind of shirt I've been looking for for a long time.

    But, I thought that "for for" might sound weird to native speakers' ears. I consulted some dictionaries to avoid "for for" and found the following sentence:

    (4) I haven't seen Ben in a long time. I wonder if he's still alive and kicking. (from E-DIC2)

    Thus, I guessed that it was possible to use the "present perfect (continuous) + in a long time".

    Now, I have a question.

    Is (4) incorrect?

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    Re: It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted

    Sentence 4 is correct - "in a long time" refers to the length of time that has passed since you last saw Ben; "for a long time" works there too. However, your looking for a shirt has been an ongoing process. In that context, of an ongoing action, we use "for".

    "I have been looking for this shirt for a week/two weeks/a month/a long time."

    With that usage, if you want to use your original word order, you will end up with "for for". As long as the context is clear, "for for" doesn't sound weird to native speakers at all.

    Using your shirt context, "in a long time" would be used in things like "That's the nicest shirt I've seen in a long time". Much like the first example (about Ben), it refers to the length of time that has passed since you saw a shirt as nice as this one.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted

    Yes, 4 is correct. But "I've been looking for this shirt in a long time" isn't.
    In English, it's quite normal to use the same preposition twice if it belongs to both phrases, eg. "This is the garden I plant the flowers in in spring."

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    Re: It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted

    How about this way of avoiding for for if you don't like it:

    (3) I'll buy this shirt. It's exactly the kind of shirt I've been after for a long time.

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    #9

    Re: It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How about this way of avoiding for for if you don't like it:

    (3) I'll buy this shirt. It's exactly the kind of shirt I've been after for a long time.
    That works. It looks more like BrE than AmE to me but it's also possible in AmE.

    We pronounce the two fors in looking for for a long time differently: the first has an /o/ sound, but the second is a schwa.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: It's exactly the kind of shirt I've long wanted

    "That's the nicest shirt I've seen for a long time."

    Does this sentence work in AmE?

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