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  1. Banned
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    #1

    Take...For...

    I have some question about "take... for" pattern:

    1 "It usually takes 24 hours for an email reply (to come)."
    2 "It usually takes 12 months for a remodeling project (to finish)."

    Is the part in parenthesis necessary?

  2. Raymott's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: Take...For...

    No, it's not necesary if it's likely to be understood.
    "An email reply usually takes 24 hours."; "A remodelling project usually takes 12 months."

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    #3

    Re: Take...For...

    I think "It usually takes 24 hours to reply on an email" makes sense.
    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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    #4

    Re: Take...For...

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I think "It usually takes 24 hours to reply to an email" makes sense.
    Yes, it makes sense with "to".

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    #5

    Re: Take...For...

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I think "It usually takes 24 hours to reply to an email" makes sense.
    It makes sense with 'to', but the meaning has changed.

    In the OP, the sender is keeping you waiting; in your version, you are telling the recipient that you may not reply for 24 hours.

    Raymott's "An email reply usually takes 24 hours" works both ways.

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