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    Please tell me whether the following two sentences are correct or acceptable to native speakers of English. Thanks a lot.

    A. He never thought that he had any obligation to do so.
    B. He spent (or took) ten minutes to get to the train station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Please tell me whether the following two sentences are correct or acceptable to native speakers of English. Thanks a lot.

    A. He never thought that he had any obligation to do so.
    That's fine provided it fits whatever the context might be.

    B. He spent (or took) ten minutes to get to the train station.
    It's not exactly wrong but it sounds unnatural to my ears.
    It took him ten minutes to get to the train station.
    He took ten minutes getting to the train station.

    He spent ten minutes getting to the train station.

    See above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above.
    Thank you very much for your help. However, I have one more question. What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences? Thank you again.

    1. He took ten minutes getting to the train station.
    2. He took ten minutes to get to the train station.

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