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    If someone tells you on the phone that they are on their way over to your place, what is the most concise and polite way to ask them when they will arrive? I have heard, "how far are you?" (although I'm not sure if that is correct). Just curious about the best way to ask and learn more about common expressions in AE.

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    NOT A TEACHER.

    I don't think there is anything wrong with you asking "how far are you?"

    It seem perfectly socially acceptable to me. Personally, unless you start to say anything explicit and turn into an obnoxious living creature, anything you say seems fine.

    If you want to be prepared for their arrival, you can also ask "how much longer?" or "Do you think you can be here in 15 minutes? You also saY 20, 30, 40 minutes. It does not really matter.

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    If someone tells you on the phone that they are on their way over to your place, then we would say, "Great! What time do you think you will arrive?"

    "how far are you?" is a little vague. Not clear if you are asking the distance he/she is from his/her home or from yours. Better in that case to ask, "How far away (from here) are you?

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    Is "how long do you think it will take you to get here?" also acceptable? Or is it a mouthful?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smk View Post
    Is "how long do you think it will take you to get here?" also acceptable? Or is it a mouthful?
    Perfectly acceptable!

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    Thank you, for your replies! This is really helping me improve my colloquial language skills!

    I've been thinking of other situations and came up with someone placing a takeout order over the phone. In that situation would it be correct for the person taking the order to use one of the above mentioned expressions? How about when you're running late and call the airport to tell them that you're running behind schedule and therefore to make sure the plane does not leave without you (I'm sure the plane wouldn't wait unless there was a delay to begin with, regardless consider this as a hypothetical situation)

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    Quote Originally Posted by smk View Post

    I've been thinking of other situations and came up with someone placing a takeout order over the phone. In that situation would it be correct for the person taking the order to use one of the above mentioned expressions? How about when you're running late and call the airport to tell them that you're running behind schedule and therefore to make sure the plane does not leave without you (I'm sure the plane wouldn't wait unless there was a delay to begin with, regardless consider this as a hypothetical situation)
    In any particular situation, only one of the suggested responses may be appropriate. It is impossible to give a general answer that fits every situation.

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