# fraction of a second too long

#### Bruce.lee

##### Member
Hey. Take a look at it:

He decided not to look at them for that single fraction of a second too long

What does this sentence mean? And can you tell me what "Second too long" means and how it's used?

• #### Florentia52

##### Modwoman in the attic
Please tell us where you found this sentence.

#### Bruce.lee

##### Member
I heard it from a native. Is it wrong?
Well, just tell me what "second too long" means then

#### Myridon

##### Senior Member
It says "a fraction (of a second) too long."
If you didn't look at him for 1 second, he may not notice it, but if you didn't look at him for 1.1 seconds, he will notice. That extra fraction of a second makes the time too long.

#### GreenWhiteBlue

##### Senior Member
You are dividing the sentence incorrectly. It isn't "second too long". It is [a fraction of a second][too long].

A fraction of a second is an extremely short period of time. It is not a full second (that is, 1/60th of a minute), but only a fraction of a second.

"Too long" here has its usual meaning.

[cross-posted]

#### Bruce.lee

##### Member
Oh! So it means something like this:

... a single fraction of a second [that is] too long?

#### GreenWhiteBlue

##### Senior Member
No.

A period of time may be insufficiently long, or the appropriate length, or excessively long:

Insufficiently long: The bread is not very good, because I did not bake it long enough.
Insufficiently long: One day is not long enough to paint this whole house.
Excessively long: Because of the traffic, our trip to the airport took too long: by the time we got there, our flight had left.
Excessively long: The fugitive stayed at his mother's house for a day too long, and as a result he was captured there by the police.

#### Bruce.lee

##### Member
Now i get it.
Thanks a lot

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