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I've encountered with this sentence:

Vera was reluctant to mention that her uncle had long since departed.

What does "had long" mean here?

  • Is it a book? can you provide the source? – Cardinal Jun 18 '16 at 6:13
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"Had long" doesn't mean anything in particular. "Long since" is what you need to look at. It's an adverbial phrase that modifies "departed" and means that it had been a long time since her uncle departed.

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