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mimi2

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vietnam vietnamese
Hi,
What does the old man mean?
“Been waiting for a bus long”, the old man in the queue asked me.”
Thanks.
 
  • kenny4528

    Senior Member
    Mandarin, Taiwan
    Hi, I wonder if this sounds better?

    “Been waiting for a bus long, eh?”, the old man in the queue asked me.”
     

    Smudgette

    Senior Member
    English, England
    The confusion is caused by the lack of punctuation. With a question mark inserted, it reads perfectly.
    'Been waiting for a bus long?' the old man asked me.

    In certain regions you'll hear the question phrased like that, in other areas you'll hear 'been waiting long for a bus?' or even 'been waiting long?' on its own. As someone already said, it's a shortened version of 'Have you been waiting a long time?'
     
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