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    давно против долго

    Is anyone kind enough to explain with examples their difference?
    For example in my eyes both mean: long or too long.
    For example these two expression in my eyes are 100% identical:
    1. Мы давно не увиделись
    2. Мы долго не увиделись
    Both for me mean: We haven't seen each other for too long. But only the first is correct.
    Чем больше слов, тем меньше они стоят.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonio1986 View Post
    1. Мы давно не уведились
    2. Мы долго не уведились
    1) Лучше сказать так: "мы давно не виделись", "мы долго не увидимся".
    2) Давно - это обычно о событии ("это случилось давно"). Долго - это обычно о процессе ("это длится долго").
    3) Давно - это всегда о прошлом ("он давно выбрал"). Долго - это может быть о прошлом ("он долго выбирал"), настоящем ("он долго выбирает") или будущем ("он будет долго выбирать").
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    Долго = long time
    Давно = long time ago

    1) Мы давно не виделись
    2) Мы долго не виделись
    We haven't seen each other for a long time.
    They both mean the same, maybe slight shade of "in ages" in the first phrase.

    Я давно закончил институт
    I graduated a long time ago. (долго is unacceptable)

    Мы долго спорили
    We were arguing for a long time

    Мы давно спорили
    We argued a long time ago

    Мы давно спорим
    We've been arguing since a long time ago

    Мы долго спорим
    We're arguing for a very long time

    Я долго думал прежде чем сказать тебе это.
    I was thinking for a long time before telling you that.

    Я давно думал сказать тебе это.
    I thought a long time ago that I had to tell you that.
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    Долго = long time
    Давно = long time ago

    1) Мы давно не виделись
    2) Мы долго не виделись
    We haven't seen each other for a long time.
    They both mean the same, maybe slight shade of "in ages" in the first phrase.

    Я давно закончил институт
    I graduated a long time ago. (долго is unacceptable)

    Мы долго спорили
    We were arguing for a long time

    Мы давно спорили
    We argued a long time ago

    Мы давно спорим
    We've been arguing since a long time ago

    Мы долго спорим
    We're arguing for a very long time

    Я долго думал прежде чем сказать тебе это.
    I was thinking for a long time before telling you that.

    Я давно думал сказать тебе это.
    I thought a long time ago that I had to tell you that.
    Some examples in order to see if I understood
    1. Он долго одевается = He is dressing for a long time (based on what you said). Here I would have bet that it means: "He takes a long time to dress"
    2. Он давно работает здесь = He has been working here since a long time ago. Here I suppose it means: He has been woling here for a long time.
    3. Он давно жил там = He had been living there for a long time

    Conclusions:
    1. давно + совершенный вид = Past Perfect
    etc
    Чем больше слов, тем меньше они стоят.

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    Some examples in order to see if I understood
    1. Он долго одевается = He is dressing for a long time (based on what you said). Here I would have bet that it means: "He takes a long time to dress"
    2. Он давно работает здесь = He has been working here since a long time ago. Here I suppose it means: He has been woling here for a long time.
    3. Он давно жил там = He had been living there for a long time
    Ya got it
    (Except the last one).
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    Он давно жил там = He lived there a long time ago.
    Он долго жил там = He lived there for a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Юрка View Post
    3) Давно - это всегда о прошлом ("он давно выбрал"). Долго - это может быть о прошлом ("он долго выбирал"), настоящем ("он долго выбирает") или будущем ("он будет долго выбирать").
    I don't think that this is the best explanation: "Он давно изучает русский язык". Это настоящее время
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonio1986 View Post
    I don't think that this is the best explanation: "Он давно изучает русский язык". Это настоящее время
    Yes, but you have to consider it as "he has been learning Russian language for a long time".

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