Which is correct:
"for quite a long time" or "for a quite long time"?

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for quite a long time

This phrase is correct and commonly used in English.

This phrase is used to indicate a significant or considerable duration of time. 'Quite' is an adverb that intensifies the meaning of 'long time.'

Examples:

  • I have known her for quite a long time.
  • They have been waiting for quite a long time.
  • He has been studying English for quite a long time.
  • She has been living in that city for quite a long time.
  • The project has been delayed for quite a long time.

for a quite long time

This phrase is not correct in English. 'Quite' should come before the adjective 'long,' not after 'a.'


Alternatives:

  • for quite a long time
  • for a very long time
  • for an extremely long time
  • for a really long time
  • for a significantly long time
The correct phrase here is 'for quite a long time.' 'Quite' is an adverb that modifies 'long time,' and should come before the adjective 'long.' 'For a quite long time' isn't a common or correct English phrase.
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