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    Question

    what is the difference in meaning between

    1- How long have the trip been taken?

    AND

    2- How long have the trip been taking?


    regards

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    Re: Question

    Hi, and welcome to the forums.

    Neither is right.

    How long did the trip take? The trip is over. How many days (weeks, months, years) was it?

    How long has the trip been taking? The trip is in progress right now. It is not over. It seems like it's taking longer than you thought it would. How many days (weeks, months, years) has it been since you started? (This is not a very likely sentence.)

    How long will the trip take? The trip is either in progress or planned. What will be the total time it takes to complete it?

    How much longer will the trip take? The trip is in progress right now. How many more days until it is completed?

    PS - Please give your posts more expressive titles, like "have taken" instead of just "Question." Thanks.
    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: Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    PS - Please give your posts more expressive titles, like "have taken" instead of just "Question." Thanks.
    oh.. i'm sorry about that and i will fix it in futur

    i really appreciated your help

    regards

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    Glad to have you with us!
    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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