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    How much would like to extend the tour?

    Hello,

    I'm working as a tour guide now and when we have private tours with small groups of people (usually no more than 4 guests in a car or minivan) sometimes we extend our program when tourists want to see more and spend more time with the guide. Below I've provided a question that I usually ask my tourists:

    How much would like to extend the tour?

    Saying that I actually want to find out how much time they're going to spend me after our program finishes according to the schedule. In other words I want them to tell me about the extra time so that I'll know exactly how much money will be charged.

    Is my question correct?

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    Re: How much would like to extend the tour?

    I would say "How long do you want to extend the tour by?"

    When you're talking about periods of time, you use "How long...?"

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    Re: How much would like to extend the tour?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would say "How long do you want to extend the tour by?"

    When you're talking about periods of time, you use "How long...?"
    Thanks!!! This question with "by" seems a bit too complicated to ask in colloquial speech. Can we reformulate the question so that there won't be a preposition at the end? For example:
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    "By/for how long do you want (or "would you like") to extend the tour"?

    Does that work?

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    Re: How much would like to extend the tour?

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Thanks!!! This question with "by" seems a bit too complicated to ask in colloquial speech. Can we reformulate the question so that there won't be a preposition at the end? For example:
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    "By/for how long do you want (or "would you like") to extend the tour"?

    Does that work?
    Your version is perfectly acceptable though to me it is very formal. People get rather excited about the subject of prepositions at the end of sentences, but there's nothing wrong with it at all.

    Also, your suggestion of using "for" is fine too. "How long do you want to extend the tour for?"

    "Where are you from?" has a preposition at the end but I doubt many people would suggest you use "From where do you come?" which, to me, not only sounds very formal, but rather pretentious!

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    Re: How much would like to extend the tour?

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Hello,

    I'm working as a tour guide now and when we have private tours with small groups of people (usually no more than 4 guests in a car or minivan) sometimes we extend our program when tourists want to see more and spend more time with the guide. Below I've provided a question that I usually ask my tourists:

    How much would like to extend the tour?

    Saying that I actually want to find out how much time they're going to spend me after our program finishes according to the schedule. In other words I want them to tell me about the extra time so that I'll know exactly how much money will be charged.

    Is my question correct?
    Your question doesn't make sense; emsr2d2 seems to have worked out what you mean - I'm not sure how

    Three possible interpretations of your "nonsentence" are:

    • How many of you would like to extend the tour?
    • How long do you want the tour extended for?
    • How much [that is. "to what extent"] do you want the tour extended? [This expects an answer such as 'Oh yes, please, I'd love it!']


    As you can see, the one that uses the words "how much" is the least likely

    b

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