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    How (much) longer

    Hi,

    I was really wondering how much longer we would have to wait for the manager since his secretary did not inform us about it.

    I came across the sentence above in my notebook. I would like to ask if 'much' is necessary or not before 'longer'.

    I was really wondering how longer we would have to wait for the manager since his secretary did not inform us about it.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Feb-2015 at 23:51.

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    #2

    Re: How (much) longer

    'Much' cannot be omitted.

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    #3

    Re: How (much) longer

    "How longer" is wrong.

    How much longer - you have been waiting for some time. You want to know the amount of time left. You may be impatient.
    How long - you have probably not been waiting at all yet. You cant to know the amount of time you must wait.


    "Mom, how long until dinner?" -- Do I have time to take a nap, watch this show, finish this chapter, etc.?
    "Mom, how much longer until dinner?" -- I'm hungry already! Will we be eating soon?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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