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"Do you love him long?"

Could you please tell me, what does it mean?

Jim carrey says this in "dumb and dumber 2".
 

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"Do you love him long?"

Could you please tell me (no comma here) what [STRIKE]does it[/STRIKE] this means?

Jim Carrey says this in "Dumb and Dumber 2".

I can only assume there was some amusing/ironic reason for his using this unnatural statement. The natural question is "Have you loved him for a long time?" or the briefer "Have you loved him long?" Note that second is OK in colloquial English but I wouldn't use it in an exam situation.

Note my corrections above. I can't believe we're still having to remind you that you have to capitalise proper nouns.
 

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Given the source for this, I can only assume it is some play on the stereotypical racist "me love you long time," a proposition to American GIs by Asian prostitutes.
 

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Tufguy, remember that humor doesn't follow the normal rules. Also, context always helps regardless.
 

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Given the source for this, I can only assume it is some play on the stereotypical racist "me love you long time," a proposition to American GIs by Asian prostitutes.

That was my immediate thought - a reference to the hooker scene from Full Metal Jacket.

Note, potentially offensive language if you watch the whole clip.

Edit: Yes, indeed. Here's the clip in question, which reminds me yet again why I can't stand Jim Carrey's so-called "humor".
 
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I can only assume there was some amusing/ironic reason for his using this unnatural statement. The natural question is "Have you loved him for a long time?" or the briefer "Have you loved him long?" Note that second is OK in colloquial English but I wouldn't use it in an exam situation.

Note my corrections above. I can't believe we're still having to remind you that you have to capitalise proper nouns.

But what this means?

Sorry the actual sentence is "Have you loved him long?"
 

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"Have you loved him long?" means exactly the same as "Have you loved him for a long time?"

We frequently use just "long" to mean "for a long time".

Have you worked here long?
Has he lived in London long?
Will you keep that dog long?
Have you been waiting long?
 
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I want to stress this point: in both the Jim Carrey quote and in the Full Metal Jacket scene that inspired it, it's "long time", not just "long".

Jim Carrey: "Do you love him long time?"
Vietnamese hooker: "Me love you long time."

(Note: In both cases, the grammar is wrong.)
 
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