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offroad
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2011 5:46:38 AM
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Dear teachers...

Could you shed some light on this?

I've been told that 'how much time' is no longer used, and 'how long' is the new way to go.

For example:
How much time do you have left?
How long do we have left?


Thanks
intelfam
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2011 6:28:01 AM
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Here in UK, I seem to hear both expressions e.g.

"Tell me how your holiday went" "How much time have you got? (to listen)"

or "We really need to finish this" "How long have we got? (before we run out of time)"

Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2011 7:08:28 AM

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How long do we have can mean kilometres to travel still.
sahra
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2011 9:05:58 AM
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Hello!

Sorry Jyrkka, I think "how far" is more appropriate for the distance.
mailady
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2011 6:43:07 PM
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In my part of the US we measure distance in time.

"How far is it to Augusta?"
"About 45 minutes."
kitten
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2011 7:22:30 PM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
How long do we have can mean kilometres to travel still.



I think children are more apt to say as they are fussing in the back seat of the car---"How much longer do we have to go?" Rather than "how much farther do we have to go?" Just an observation.


peace out, >^,,^<
Romany
Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 1:10:52 AM
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I agree with Intelfam that I hear (and use) both. Also, there is a tendency to use the two sentences provided in different circumstances. e.g.

In BE people tend to say "How much time have you got left" when eliciting a specific time: "How much time have you got left on your parking meter/rental lease/probation period?" etc.

"How long?" is often used eliciting only responses like "Not long", "About an hour".
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