Forever and permanently vs temporarily

Joseph A

Senior Member
Hello everyone,
Is it correct to use "forever" with "leave" as follows?
1. He didn't leave her forever.
Or should it be "permanently" as follows?
2. He didn't leave her permanently.
Or should it be as follows?
3. He left her temporarily.
Here, I mean "He left her, but he will come back to her in a few months".
Best regards,
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    They all make sense. The main difference is that 3 is a simple statement, but 1 and 2 imply that the person being addressed might have thought he WAS leaving her forever/permanently.


    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    He hasn't left her for good. It's only temporary.

    This is very idiomatic, and can be used in conversation.
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