After a prolonged discussion,


After a prolonged discussion, they finally reached an agreement.
After a long discussion, ...

Do both of the above convey a similar idea to you? If not, what are the differences? Thanks.
  • ace02nc

    Senior Member
    English - United States
    Yes, they're pretty much the same. 'Prolonged' gives us the sense that the discussion was maybe a little too long; dragged out longer than it had to be.

    Matching Mole

    Senior Member
    England, English
    "Prolonged" (as a past participle) tends to mean extended in length. That is to say, longer than would be expected under the circumstances. "Long" does not imply any such presuppositions.
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