# Thread: How long do they travel? time or distance?

1. ## How long do they travel? time or distance?

Hi, thank you for your help.

In the textbook there is a sentence:
How long do they travel? Here, they refer to the animals.

The next sentence is this:
Over 500 kilometers.

Is it natural for the natives to answer the distance in response to the question with "how long"?

2. ## Re: How long do they travel? time or distance?

To have a distance as the answer the question should be "How far do they travel?"

3. ## Re: How long do they travel? time or distance?

Thank you, Mr. bhaisahab.
I thought the same, but the editors told me the sentences have been cleared by the native speakers of English, and have no problems.
I see two of you agree with Mr. bhaisahab's idea. I would like to hear more from other people. If you have time, please let me know your ideas.
Thank you.

4. ## Re: How long do they travel? time or distance?

The editors are mistaken. The book is wrong.

5. ## Re: How long do they travel? time or distance?

We would say either:

How far do you travel?

or

How long does it take?

6. ## Re: How long do they travel? time or distance?

I agree with "far".

7. ## Re: How long do they travel? time or distance?

How far do they travel?
500 kilometres.

How long do they travel for?
Six weeks.

The only ambiguous question I can think of is "How long is their journey?" I can imagine getting either "500 kilometres" or "Six weeks" as the answer to that question, but that is not the question in the book.

The book is wrong.

8. ## Re: How long do they travel? time or distance?

Is it OK to say 'How long do they cover?'
Not a teacher.

9. ## Re: How long do they travel? time or distance?

No, that doesn't work.

10. ## Re: How long do they travel? time or distance?

I would also note that (where I have lived) if you are asked "How far are you from...?" you may get either "x miles" or the time it takes you to travel there