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    Post How long or how long a time?

    Please correct in case of any grammatical mistakes. Thanks in advance

    Once, I quoted "Let me see how long time the buffering takes."

    My friend being a graduate in English literature, corrected me saying, "It should be 'how long' or 'how long a time', and 'how long time' is grammatical wrong."

    Please advice, which one is correct:

    a. Let me see how long the buffering takes,
    b. Let me see how long a time the buffering takes,
    c. Let me see how long time the buffering takes, or
    d. Let me see how a long time the buffering takes.

    P.S: Please correct me if I have made any grammatical mistakes and/or any mistakes with punctuation marks. Better for me and my english language

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    #2

    Re: How long or how long a time?

    Quote Originally Posted by priyanka911 View Post
    Please advicse, which one is correct:

    a. Let me see how long the buffering takes,
    b. Let me see how long a time the buffering takes,
    c. Let me see how long time the buffering takes, or
    d. Let me see how a long time the buffering takes.
    The first two are correct. The second two are not.

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    #3

    Re: How long or how long a time?

    a. Let me see how long the buffering takes.
    Or
    Let me see how much time the buffering takes.

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    #4

    Re: How long or how long a time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hope2 View Post
    a. Let me see how long the buffering takes.
    Or
    Let me see how much time the buffering takes.
    Those are both correct.

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    Re: How long or how long a time?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The first two are correct. The second two are not.

    Thanks a bunch.

    Could you please clarify for me the usage of 'long a time'?
    Tried goggling, made me confused instead :(

    Thanks :)

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    Re: How long or how long a time?

    Thanks!

    Why, accordingly to you, "Let me see how long a time the buffering takes." is incorrect?

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    Re: How long or how long a time?

    Quote Originally Posted by priyanka911 View Post
    Why, accordingly to you, "Let me see how long a time the buffering takes." is incorrect?
    Nobody has said it's incorrect. Indeed, in my first response I said that it was correct.

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    #8

    Re: How long or how long a time?

    Quote Originally Posted by priyanka911 View Post
    Thanks a bunch.

    Could you please clarify for me the usage of 'long a time'?
    Tried goggling, made me confused instead :(

    Thanks :)
    There is some strange phrasing in English sometimes.

    I wonder how big a truck we'll need to move all this stuff.
    I wonder how small a space we can make do with for the party. The hotels grand ballroom is booked, but there are smaller rooms that are cheaper too.
    I wonder how long a time this will take.

    (I doesn't have to be "I wonder." I used that to show the parallel stucture.)
    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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    #9

    Re: How long or how long a time?

    Hello.

    Goggling and Googling don't have the same meaning.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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