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    #1

    "How long are you married?"

    Which one is more common, please:

    "How long are you married?"

    OR

    "How long have you been married?"


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    #2

    Re: "How long are you married?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Which one is more common, please:

    "How long are you married?"

    OR

    "How long have you been married?"

    The first is wrong.
    "How long have you been married [for]" is common. This is correct with or without 'for'.

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    #3

    Re: "How long are you married?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Which one is more common, please:

    "How long are you married?"

    OR

    "How long have you been married?"

    Both would be correct in AmE.

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    #4

    Re: "How long are you married?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Which one is more common, please:

    "How long are you married?"

    OR

    "How long have you been married?"

    The first is wrong in BrE.

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    Re: "How long are you married?"

    The first would be wrong in Canadian English.

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    Re: "How long are you married?"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Both would be correct in AmE.
    That surprises me greatly. Do you have a good example of it being used? What areas of the US would they say that in?

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    #7

    Re: "How long are you married?"

    I don't find it natural at all.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "How long are you married?"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The first is wrong in BrE.
    , unless the answer is 'You are married for the rest of your life'.

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    Re: "How long are you married?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That surprises me greatly. Do you have a good example of it being used? What areas of the US would they say that in?
    When I lived in the Midwest, I would hear this use. Perhaps it is a regionalism.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 13-Oct-2013 at 21:23. Reason: Correct typo.

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    #10

    Re: "How long are you married?"

    I'm not very good at geography (), but might this have been in a part of the USA with a strong francophone backgrround (e.g. Louisiana?) I've had French students who had trouble with this point.

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