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    Hi,

    Please let me know if the sentence mentioned below is right:

    1) How many stations until paris?

    Kind Regards

    Prince Sabharwal

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    Hi, Prince.

    No - it's not right. It's not even a sentence as it has no verb. And Paris needs a capital letter. You don't need to write 1) when you're not going to follow it with 2) etc.

    In what context do you want to ask this question? We can guess, but we shouldn't have to.

    Rover

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    Hi,

    I would like to ask how many stations are we away from here.

    I would like to go to Paris.

    Kind Regards

    Prince

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    Quote Originally Posted by princesabharwal View Post
    Hi,

    Please let me know if the sentence mentioned below is right:

    1) How many stations until paris?

    Kind Regards

    Prince Sabharwal
    This is fine for colloquial use.

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    It's an odd question.

    If you're on a train to Paris, all that matters is what time you're going to get there or how long the journey will take.

    Why do you need to know how many stations there are between where you are and Paris?

    The train may not even stop at all the stations on the line, so if somebody tells you there are twelve stations, are you going to the trouble of counting the ones you whizz through as well as those you stop at?

    Rover

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's an odd question.

    If you're on a train to Paris, all that matters is what time you're going to get there or how long the journey will take.

    Why do you need to know how many stations there are between where you are and Paris?

    The train may not even stop at all the stations on the line, so if somebody tells you there are twelve stations, are you going to the trouble of counting the ones you whizz through as well as those you stop at?

    Rover
    It makes sense to me. When I'm on the subway, I ask "How many stops to X". Or if I'm on a bus, I might ask "How many stops are there on the way to Ottawa?" Who knows why people want to know some things?

    I guess maybe you object to the word "stations". I read it as "stops". You read it as actual stations, whether the train stops there or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by princesabharwal View Post
    Hi,

    Please let me know if the sentence mentioned below is right:

    1) How many stations until paris?

    Kind Regards

    Prince Sabharwal

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Yes, I agree.

    If you were traveling on a Paris-bound train, you might ask

    someone a question like:

    Excuse me, sir/ma'am. How many more stops [are there]

    until [we get to] Paris?

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    Default Re: station

    It's always good to know how many stops until you are supposed to get off. Especially if you are not familiar with the area or the language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's always good to know how many stops until you are supposed to get off. Especially if you are not familiar with the area or the language.
    Fair enough, Dave, Parser and 5jj.

    I'll get my coat.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Apr-2011 at 09:55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I'll get my coat.
    Don't forget your hat.


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