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Dear Ted:

At the end of your message regarding the use of the double possessive, you wrote the following:

As for informal use, the double possessive is idiomatic in English and has been for a very long time.

My question is this:

Why is it ".....and has been for a very long time" and not ".....and has been AROUND for a very long time"?

Thanks again for your help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:


Why is it ".....and has been for a very long time" and not ".....and has been AROUND for a very long time"?

*** You can add "around" if you like.  It is not necessary.

By the way, I did not write that sentence.  I introduced the passage by saying it was from
an online forum.

Ted

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