View Poll Results: "How long are you here?" means

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  • How long have you been staying here for?

    21 30.00%
  • How long are you going to stay here for?

    36 51.43%
  • I don't know, it's a strange sentence

    13 18.57%
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    Default How long are you here?

    Just curious :).

    Oh, please, vote in this pool.
    I have found this sentence in a book "Applied Sociolinguistics" by Peter Trudgill as an example of miscommunication. I wonder if it's that problematic.
    Last edited by ladybird987; 30-Jul-2008 at 14:10.

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    Default Re: How long are you here?

    Once I went to London and planned to stay there 3 years.
    How long are you here (for)?= for 3 years. It has some past and future elements as I have already been here for 2 years.
    How long have you been here?= (I came 2 years ago) for 2 years.

    I voted for "it is a strange sentence" as the other alternatives are not right.

    "How long are you here for" means "how long did you plan to stay here?"
    And I feel this "for" in red can not be omitted as it was in your original post.
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    Default Re: How long are you here?

    How long have you been visiting the forum?
    How long are you going to continue?
    What's the reason you're staying on?


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    Default Re: How long are you here?

    HI Lady, I voted for strange sentence, as it looks like a direct translation form German, which would be perfectly correct then: How long have you been here (in German: how long are you here)

    Instinctively I would imagine : how long are you going to be here, if somebody said the above snetence to me.

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    Default Re: How long are you here?

    Ok, then, there is no other way than to explain this example. The book says it was a conversation of an Irish(A) and two British(B&C, both liguists).
    A: How long are you here?
    B: Till after Easter
    (A looks puzzled, a pause of two seconds follows)
    C: We came on Saturday

    It is explained that not only for Irish people it would be correct and clear. I am not saying about standard language, correctly applied rules, but living language.

    There is also another example:

    A: How long are you here?
    B: Just this term

    This is analysed as an ellipsis, which makes the conversation clear for both speakers. An ellipsis that for one person means:
    a) Just (until the end of) this term for another
    b) Just (since the beginning of) this term

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    Default Re: How long are you here?

    Hello,

    I'd understand it as a poetic question about my age.

    Cheers,

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