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    #1

    Post Will take

    Dear teachers

    Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    Itís impossible to predict how long it will take to do this job.
    There's no telling of how long this job will take.

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    #2

    Re: Will take

    Yep.

    To make it perfect I would omit of in the second sentence.
    Last edited by probus; 20-Jul-2013 at 05:08.

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    #3

    Re: Will take

    Does the particle 'of' make the sentence sound odd?

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    #4

    Re: Will take

    IMO, 'of' makes the sentence wrong.

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    #5

    Re: Will take

    "Tell of" is a phrasal verb, mainly literary, meaning to talk about.

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    #6

    Re: Will take

    There's no telling how long it will take.
    There's no telling when the next bus will come.
    There's no telling what he'll do when he finds out.
    There's no telling who might turn up on the night.

    As you can see, we don't use "of" in this construction where "There's no telling" means "It's impossible to predict".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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