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    It Take Hours For

    Could these two be good English:

    1." A response takes 24 hours."
    2. "It takes 24 hours for a response."


    If 1 & 2 are good English, then the following two:

    3 "John took two hours."
    4 "It took two hours for John."

    must be good English too, even though most native speakers believe that the following:

    5 "John took two hours to finish."
    6 "It took two hours for John to finish."

    are better than 3 & 4.

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    Re: It Take Hours For

    Quote Originally Posted by effoirt View Post
    Could these two be good English:
    Generally, if you start a sentence with "could" it is a question and requires a question mark (?).
    Rewrite - Are these two sentences written in good English?


    1." A response takes 24 hours." OK
    2. "It takes 24 hours for a response." OK


    If 1 & 2 are good English, then the following two:

    3 "John took two hours." No. John took two hours to do what?
    4 "It took two hours for John." No. Same as #3.

    must be good English too, even though most native speakers believe that the following:

    5 "John took two hours to finish."
    6 "It took two hours for John to finish."

    are better than 3 & 4. Yes, 5 and 6 are better because they make sense and are complete sentences.
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    Re: It Take Hours For

    The pair 1 & 2 are very similar to the pair 3 & 4, yet the latter is unreasonably rejected.

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    Re: It Take Hours For

    Quote Originally Posted by effoirt View Post
    The pair 1 & 2 are very similar to the pair 3 & 4, yet the latter is unreasonably rejected.
    No, they are different. So you can't make the inference that the second lot "must be possible" (though they are).
    "John's response took 24 hours."; "John took 24 hours."; "The response took 24 hours." So far, so good.
    But John is the agent. The response is not. So, they are subtly different uses of the verb "to take". John, as an agent, chose to use up a period of 24 hours in responding. The response didn't make that choice. They are complementary uses of "to take".

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