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Thank you for this explanation. I have just one question for further clarification, however. You concluded this entry by stating that "life long" [two words] is never correct. I can conceive of the case in which I might say, "I have struggled with concept my whole life long." Is that a different construct and therefore follows a different set of rules? Thanks.

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Thank you for your comment, selfevident1. In the case of "I have struggled with the concept my whole life long," "long" is superfluous as "my whole life" means the same as "lifelong." I suppose you might use the sentence in dialogue, say for children, who often use such ungrammatical constructions.

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