a long time ago / long time ago

"Spanish-Spain"
#1
Could you tell me what´s the difference between both expressions, I was said "long time ago" is only used at the beginning of the sentences, isn´t it?
 

dovely

New Member
English - Texas
#3
You always need "a" preceding "long time ago", otherwise it doesn't make sense and sounds awkward. This phrase will always be "A long time ago...." or "..... a long time ago."
 

aztlaniano

Senior Member
English (Aztlán, US sector)
#4
You always need "a" preceding "long time ago", otherwise it doesn't make sense and sounds awkward. This phrase will always be "A long time ago...." or "..... a long time ago."
En principio, pero no siempre en la práctica.
La letra de la canción de Bob Dylan "Man Gave Names to All the Animals":
In the beginning, long time ago, ...
I was said told "long time ago" is only used at the beginning of the sentences, isn´t it?
O "It was said to me that ...
 
"Spanish-Spain"
#5
It sounds funny to me if I say at the beginning of a sentence "A long time ago, I worked..." instead of "Long time ago, I worked...".

Thanks everybody!
 
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