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    What's the difference between saying: How long you been working here? and How long

    What's the difference between saying:

    How long you been working here?

    and

    How long have you been working here?

    Which would a native speaker say in conversation? Both?

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    Re: What's the difference between saying: How long you been working here? and How

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    How long you been working here?
    I consider it ungrammatical, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What's the difference between saying: How long you been working here? and How

    I think both are possible.

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    Re: What's the difference between saying: How long you been working here? and How

    "How long have you been working here" is the grammatically correct sentence.

    "How long you been working here" is slang, only used in spoken English.

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    Re: What's the difference between saying: How long you been working here? and How

    Quote Originally Posted by KillerOrange View Post
    "How long you been working here" is slang, only used in spoken English.
    I thought 'have' was optional. Maybe I'm wrong.

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    Re: What's the difference between saying: How long you been working here? and How

    How long you been working here?

    It is a slang alright. It is wrong without the "have".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What's the difference between saying: How long you been working here? and How

    Quote Originally Posted by KillerOrange View Post
    "How long you been working here" is slang, only used in spoken English.
    Would it be informally acceptable in spoken English if 'been' was also omitted?

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    Re: What's the difference between saying: How long you been working here? and How

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Would it be informally acceptable in spoken English if 'been' was also omitted?

    I think it would be correct maybe if you say 'How long have you worked here'.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: What's the difference between saying: How long you been working here? and How

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Would it be informally acceptable in spoken English if 'been' was also omitted?
    No

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    Re: What's the difference between saying: How long you been working here? and How

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    I think it would be correct maybe if you say 'How long have you worked here'.

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    There is a difference though. It means the person may have stopped working at the place when the question was asked, whereas with the first question, he still is working there.
    I am not a teacher.

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