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What is the difference between "too long" and "for too long"

For example the ones below

You can't stay under water for too long Or You can't stay under water too long

Do not have that candy in your mouth for too long Or Do not have that candy in your mouth too long

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  • In that circumstance, there is no difference at all. Please do not take that to apply to any other circumstance, – Robbie Goodwin Nov 18 '18 at 21:21
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    For is deletable for any noun phrase object indicating a duration. He stayed under water (for) 20 minutes/his whole life/quite a while/no longer than he had to. – John Lawler Nov 18 '18 at 21:24
  • I can't stay under water for too long. I'll drown. However, the low gravity pleasure means that I can't stay under water too long. I'll dive down over and over, within the boundaries of that darn first sentence. Two different meanings. -- Second pair of sentences the for seems to add nothing useful. The 'for' can, depending on the sentence, imply consequences, or not. – Wayfaring Stranger Nov 19 '18 at 3:18

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