It was long before he knew it.
Nagai ma tatte kara kare wa sore o shitta.
long (distance); long (time); lengthy
space; room; time; pause
strongly hoping or requesting (of something that is difficult to be brought to fruition)
from (e.g. time, place, numerical quantity); since; from (originator); by; because; since; out of (constituent, part); through (e.g. window, vestibule); after; since
he; him; his; boyfriend
topic marker particle; indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated); adds emphasis
that (indicating an item or person near the listener, the action of the listener, or something on their mind); it; that time; then; there (indicating a place near the listener); you
indicates direct object of action; indicates subject of causative expression; indicates an area traversed; indicates time (period) over which action takes place; indicates point of departure or separation of action; indicates object of desire, like, hate, etc.
to be aware of; to know; to be conscious of; to cognize; to cognise; to notice; to feel; to understand; to comprehend; to grasp; to remember; to be acquainted with (a procedure); to experience; to go through; to learn; to be acquainted with (a person); to get to know; to concern