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    very long

    "I don’t think it will be very long that they’ll allow him to do that."

    hi there,
    does the sentence above mean the same as

    ”I don't think it's going to take too long for them to allow him to do that"?

    thanks.

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    Re: very long

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "I don’t think it will be very long that they’ll allow him to do that."

    hi there,
    does the sentence above mean the same as

    ”I don't think it's going to take too long for them to allow him to do that"?

    thanks.
    The first sentence is ambiguous, it could mean the same as the second sentence, but it could also mean, "I don't think that they will allow him to do that for very long."


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    Re: very long

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "I don’t think it will be very long that they’ll allow him to do that."

    hi there,
    does the sentence above mean the same as

    ”I don't think it's going to take too long for them to allow him to do that"?

    thanks.
    No, it doesn't suggest that they will soon allow him to start doing it, as your interpretation suggests.

    I think it suggests that they will soon stop him from doing whatever he is doing.


    I'm not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: very long

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    No, it doesn't suggest that they will soon allow him to start doing it, as your interpretation suggests.

    I think it suggests that they will soon stop him from doing whatever he is doing.


    I'm not a teacher.
    Do you mean something like "I don't think they'll allow him to do that for too long"?
    Thanks.

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    Re: very long

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Do you mean something like "I don't think they'll allow him to do that for too long"?
    Thanks.
    That's right!


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    Re: very long

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "I don’t think it will be very long that they’ll allow him to do that."

    hi there,
    does the sentence above mean the same as

    ”I don't think it's going to take too long for them to allow him to do that"?

    thanks.
    It's not clear what it means. I feel that it should be "very long before they..." to express your interpretation.

    If it was "I don't think they will allow him to do that for very long", it would say that they will eventually stop him from doing something.

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