take long and take a long time
How do we use it in the context?
Awhile back, you asked about words that have changed from one part of speech to another -- nominalizations, etc. "Long" is a word that started as an adjective in Proto-Germanic, became a verb before it even reached English, and has since become a noun. Most recently, it also became an adverb meaning "a long time".
So, "building the new hospital will take a long time" represents the original use of "long." Because we humans are lazy, we also say "building the new hospital will take long" to mean the same thing. However, now "long" is used as an adverb to modify "take". I must say that I find the statement "building the new hospital will take long" awkward and highly informal. A better, more acceptable use for "take long" is with questions. "Will building the new hospital take long?"
I hope this helps.
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