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    How long after

    a)Michael ask, How long after he not showing up should i call him?
    Jane answered, one or two hours after he don't show up, you should call
    him.

    b)How long after if my pain don't go should i see the doctor?

    a)Michael ask, How long after he not showing up should i call him?
    Jane answered, one or two hours after he don't show up, you should call
    him.

    b)How long after if my pain don't go should i see the doctor?
    Last edited by Barb_D; 21-Jul-2010 at 13:50. Reason: Duplicates

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    Re: Am i writting the sentences correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by michael281001 View Post
    a)Michael ask, How long after he not showing up should i call him?
    Jane answered, one or two hours after he don't show up, you should call
    him.

    b)How long after if my pain don't go should i see the doctor?
    Always capitalize I and put space after a) and b)

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    Re: Am i writting the sentences correctly?

    How long after [noun + verb in present tense]

    How long after I put the chicken in the oven should I start the potatoes?
    How long after the pain starts should I call the doctor?
    How long after he fails to arrive should I try to call?
    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 after-can it be used in the following way?

    Quote Originally Posted by michael281001 View Post
    a)Michael ask, How long after he not showing up should i call him?

    How long after he doesn't show up should I call him? OR
    How long after his not showing up should I call him?

    Jane answered, one or two hours after he don't show up, you should call
    him.

    You should call him one or two hours after he doesn't show up.

    b) How long after if my pain don't go should i see the doctor?

    In this context, we don't really use "How long after" with a negative (pain doesn't go).

    If the pain doesn't go away, how long should I leave it before I go to the doctor?
    See above.

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    Re: Am i writting the sentences correctly?

    This is a duplicate thread. I just answered the exact same question on another thread.

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    Re: How long after-can it be used in the following way?

    'How long should I leave it/wait/put up with it before...' is a very useful expression.

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    Re: Am i writting the sentences correctly?

    It's always rewarding to know we spend our time well. I will merge the threads.
    EDIT: Oops. I merged the posts instead of the threads, but I got there eventually.
    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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