One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Last week it snowed - suddenly, violently and protractedly - at around 3 o'clock in the afternoon while I was at work.’
- ‘This one-note movie stretches on protractedly to an almost two hour running time, and you can't help but think if they removed the abundant slow-motion shots, they'd shorten it by half.’
- ‘Or about some of my more murderous thoughts, where I protractedly weigh out the pros and cons of murdering certain people, and that the only thing that stops me is the idea of going to jail.’
- ‘No more is she supposed to chat protractedly on the phone with a girlfriend and invite her over, both of which she does: Some people cannot master the art of baby-sitting.’
- ‘With all this rain falling, and so protractedly, it seems as though tsuyu (rainy season) gets longer every year, making Japan very water-rich, in contrast to what's happening in the brokerage houses.’
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