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    How much longer will/would I have to wait? I've been waiting for over 2 hours!

    The operator is asking me to hold on the phone for another half hr. I say:

    How much longer will/would I have to wait? I've been waiting for over 2 hours!

    Are both okay?

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    Re: How much longer will/would I have to wait? I've been waiting for over 2 hours!

    Yes, but I would use "will". Who waits for two and a half hours on the phone?

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    Re: How much longer will/would I have to wait? I've been waiting for over 2 hours!

    They just kept putting me on hold...

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    Re: How much longer will/would I have to wait? I've been waiting for over 2 hours!

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    The operator is asking me to hold on the phone for another half hr. I say:

    How much longer will/would I have to wait? I've been waiting for over 2 hours!

    Are both okay?
    Only "will" is suitable, because it is a real situation, not just a possible or theoretical one.
    Last edited by 2006; 31-May-2014 at 02:12. Reason: correct grammar error

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    Re: How much longer will/would I have to wait? I've been waiting for over 2 hours!

    You can say, "How much longer do I have to wait?", "How much longer are you going to make me wait?" These are less polite, but at this stage politeness might not be your priority.

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    Re: How much longer will/would I have to wait? I've been waiting for over 2 hours!

    Whoever it is you were trying to speak to, I suggest you find another supplier. One who answers the phone in a reasonable length of time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How much longer will/would I have to wait? I've been waiting for over 2 hours!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Whoever it is you were trying to speak to, I suggest you find another supplier. One who answers the phone in a reasonable length of time.
    That's fine unless it's some government or public service agency that you have to deal with.

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