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    grammatical?

    "How long do you have to have been working until you can get a mortgage?"

    Would this sentence be grammatical? If not, how would it sound using proper grammar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "How long do you have to have been working until you can get a mortgage?"

    Would this sentence be grammatical? If not, how would it sound using proper grammar?
    The verb form is grammatically acceptable but a bit cumbersome. I think we'd be more likely to say : 'How long do you have to work ...?' I'd use 'before' rather than 'until'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The verb form is grammatically acceptable but a bit cumbersome. I think we'd be more likely to say : 'How long do you have to work ...?' I'd use 'before' rather than 'until'.
    Would this sentence sound OK to you?

    "How long must you have been a US citizen to be President?"

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    Re: grammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    The sentence sounds fine to me but the question is wrong. Being born in the US is a prime requirement for a person to become the President.
    Does that mean that an American citizen, offspring of two American citizens, who happens to be born abroad cannot become president?

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    Re: grammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    The sentence sounds fine to me but the question is wrong. Being born in the US is a prime requirement for a person to become the President.
    1)What would you say about the sentence in post #1 from the US part?

    2) I would gladly accept advice from any instructor on teaching staff. Could I say " You need to have been living in Ukraine for 5 years to become a Ukraine national"?
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    Re: grammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    1)What would you say about the sentence in post #1 from the US part?

    2) I would gladly accept advice from any instructor on teaching staff. Could I say " You need to have been living in Ukraine for 5 years to become a Ukraine nationa."?
    "...to become a Ukrainian national" would be most likely I think.

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