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    Arrow What does it mean? (longs?)

    First of all, I wish a happy 2007 for everyone!!

    Well, I was reading some news on BBC World web site and the headline was:

    "Iraq's PM longs to leave office"

    I didn't undertand this word - longs - here. What does it mean?

    Thank you!

    Falcon

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    Smile Re: What does it mean? (longs?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    First of all, I wish a happy 2007 for everyone!!

    Well, I was reading some news on BBC World web site and the headline was:

    "Iraq's PM longs to leave office"

    I didn't undertand this word - longs - here. What does it mean?

    Thank you!

    Falcon
    Hello Falcon
    'longs' in this sentence about Iraq's Prime Minister comes from the word 'longing'. Longing means a desire or need which someone has held for some time and is unfulfilled. So you could say the PM has wanted to give up his job for some time, but has to carry on because on one else wants the job.
    Is this helpful?

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    Arrow Re: What does it mean? (longs?)

    Now, It made sense to me!

    Thanks!!

    Falcon

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    Re: What does it mean? (longs?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    First of all, I wish a happy 2007 for everyone!!

    Well, I was reading some news on BBC World web site and the headline was:

    "Iraq's PM longs to leave office"

    I didn't undertand this word - longs - here. What does it mean?

    Thank you!

    Falcon

    Hi Falcon

    [verb] to long = to have a strong desire; to yearn

    e.g. He longs to return home.
    I long for summer.

    Regards

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    Arrow Re: What does it mean? (longs?)

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi Falcon

    [verb] to long = to have a strong desire; to yearn

    e.g. He longs to return home.
    I long for summer.

    Regards

    I didn't know that "long" has this meaning...
    You helped a lot!
    Thanks,

    Falcon

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    Re: What does it mean? (longs?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    I didn't know that "long" has this meaning...
    You helped a lot!
    Thanks,

    Falcon
    And do you know what "prolong" means?

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    Arrow Re: What does it mean? (longs?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    And do you know what "prolong" means?

    I'm not sure but I think is the antonymous of "long"..., isn't it?

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    Re: What does it mean? (longs?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    I'm not sure but I think is the antonymous of "long"..., isn't it?
    No, prolong means to lengthen or to make longer.

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    Arrow Re: What does it mean? (longs?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    No, prolong means to lengthen or to make longer.
    Right...
    And what is the antonymous of long? Short?

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    Re: What does it mean? (longs?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    I didn't know that "long" has this meaning...
    You helped a lot!
    Thanks,

    Falcon
    Hi Falcon


    You are welcome !

    Best wishes,

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