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    Word "prolix"

    I know that the word "prolix" is not often used, but I tried to use it nevertheless. I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    After more than three hours of a prolix play, only a handful of people were still in the audience.

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    Re: Word "prolix"

    It's grammatical, but I had to look it up.

    I'm surprised how common it was 200 years ago. [link]

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    Re: Word "prolix"

    I think it's more (less un-)commonly associated with rambling speeches, lectures, etc.

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    Re: Word "prolix"

    Having read the definition (I was unfamiliar with the word too), I would not be sure whether you were suggesting that the play is simply too long or if there were a lot of long rambling dialogues/monologues in it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Word "prolix"

    emsr2d2,

    I never before saw the word "prolix" in any texts, but yesterday when I saw it, I thought I would try to use it, meaning long and boring.

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    Re: Word "prolix"

    I'd forget about it.

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    Re: Word "prolix"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I had never seen before saw the word "prolix", meaning "long and boring", in any texts but before yesterday but when I saw it, I thought I would try to use it. meaning long and boring.
    See above for a better structure for your sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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