How to emphasize the fact that the second event is separated from the first one by a big time span?

For example:

The arguments that you are presenting are quite ridiculous. Look, you delve into the medieval history, find some faults with the rulers of those times and accuse them of not observing human rights.

Don't you realize that that was an absolutely different dispensation? Humans' minds were different. The common notions were absolutely different. The very common sense was different!

Just consider the time when this whole idea of human rights came about. Did it really come about before the Great Schism of 1054 or, rather, long, long after?

This "long, long after" is not idiomatic, is it? So, what would be the idiomatic way of expressing that thought?

  • Doubling an adjective is idiomatic for emphasis or strengthening. 'A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...".
    – Brandin
    Nov 8, 2018 at 7:11
  • Exactly what I say about drawing and quartering. Who says it was cruel and unusual!!! It was a different dispensation.
    – TimR
    Nov 8, 2018 at 19:21

1 Answer 1


"Long, long after" is idiomatic, we double adjectives for emphasis or strengthening. There is no error here.

It is not highly formal but appropriate to speech (This looks like a transcript of a spoken argument). You could say "many years later" as a possible alternative.

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