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    #1

    You've been sober how long now?

    (House of Cards, American TV drama)

    Peter: My chief problem was alcohol.
    Journalist: You've been sober how long now?


    Is it usual for native speakers to put "how long" behind the subject like that, instead of "how long have you been sober?"

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: You've been sober how long now?

    Yes, it is common in informal spoken English.

    You've been married how long?
    You've been out of prison how long?

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    #3

    Re: You've been sober how long now?

    I would put "for" in front of "how long."

    You've been sober for how long now?



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    #4

    Re: You've been sober how long now?

    "For" is OK, but not needed.

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    #5

    Re: You've been sober how long now?

    Are these okay in colloquial English? Do native speakers say so?


    -There are apples on the table how many?

    - The T-shirt is how much?


    Thank you!

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    #6

    Re: You've been sober how long now?

    Not the first.

    The second is used informally.

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