# Thread: How long or how long a time?

1. ## How long or how long a time?

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."

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

2. ## Re: How long or how long a time?

Originally Posted by priyanka911

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.

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.

4. ## Re: How long or how long a time?

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

5. ## Re: How long or how long a time?

Originally Posted by 5jj
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'?

Thanks :)

6. ## 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?

7. ## Re: How long or how long a time?

Originally Posted by priyanka911
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.

8. ## Re: How long or how long a time?

Originally Posted by priyanka911
Thanks a bunch.

Could you please clarify for me the usage of 'long a time'?

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.)

9. ## Re: How long or how long a time?

Hello.

Goggling and Googling don't have the same meaning.

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