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    #1

    Question days and days

    Hi there!

    I didn't see him for days and days. How can I say it differently?


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    #2

    Re: days and days

    Quote Originally Posted by kukinecka View Post
    Hi there!

    I didn't see him for days and days. How can I say it differently?
    I didn't see him for quite a long time/quite a while/a few days/some time.

    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: days and days

    hi,
    can I also say the following?
    "I don't see him for a long time"
    "I haven't been seeing him for a long time."
    "I haven't seen him for a long time".
    thanks.
    Last edited by jctgf; 07-Oct-2008 at 20:52.


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    #4

    Re: days and days

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,
    can I also say the following?
    "I don't see him for a long time"

    This sentence is incorrect.

    It could be I haven't seen him for a long time.


    I don't see him anymore is also possible.

    When you specify a time period leading up (from a point the past) to the present time (of speaking/writing) use the present perfect.

    I haven't seen him for 50 years/10 minutes/a very long time/a little while.

    "I haven't been seeing him for a long time."

    This one is unusual, but possible under the interpretation of "seeing" meaning "dating or going out together": not quite boyfriend and girlfriend, but close and often spending time together doing the things boyfriends and girlfriends do.

    Therefore I haven't been seeing him for a long time could be taken to mean we are no longer dating or going out together.

    For the meaning I haven't spoken to/encountered him for a long time (which I assume you were aiming for with this above sentence) - use your present perfect version (below).

    "I haven't seen him for a long time".

    This is fine.

    thanks.
    .....


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    #5

    Re: days and days

    Quote Originally Posted by kukinecka View Post
    Hi there!

    I didn't see him for days and days. How can I say it differently?
    You can also say I haven't seen him for ages. just a student..
    or..it's ages since I've seen him both are correct

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