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    #1

    how much of an extension

    Is this sentence right? John has to submit his report by next Friday and I received his email asking for an extension. So I want to send him an email below.

    How much of an extension are you looking at?

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    Re: how much of an extension

    That's good conversational English.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: how much of an extension

    Quote Originally Posted by swallow888 View Post
    How much of an extension are you looking at?
    I would end that sentence with 'for' rather than 'at'.
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    #4

    Re: how much of an extension

    I would end that sentence with 'for' rather than 'at'.
    So would I as person who posted is the one who will be granting it- the other person's asking asking for permission.

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    #5

    Re: how much of an extension

    I agree about "for" rather than "at". "At" can be used but it doesn't really work there.

    A: Can I get an extension?
    B: How much of an extension are you looking for?

    A: Can I get an extension?
    B: Yes.
    A: OK, great. What sort of extension would we be looking at?
    B: No more than a week.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: how much of an extension

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I would end that sentence with 'for' rather than 'at'.
    That would be right, too, but it wouldn't have the same flavor as "at." Maybe "looking at" is just an Americanism.

    - I hear it's expensive. How much are we looking at?
    - It might be a long drive. Do you have any idea how many miles we're looking at?
    - Since it was her third robbery conviction, she's looking at a long stretch in the pen.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: how much of an extension

    Could be "How long of an extension..." as well.

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    Re: how much of an extension

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    That would be right, too, but it wouldn't have the same flavor as "at." Maybe "looking at" is just an Americanism.
    We use looking at with this meaning in British English too, but it doesn't work so well in a request.

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    #9

    Re: how much of an extension

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    - I hear it's expensive. How much are we looking at?
    - It might be a long drive. Do you have any idea how many miles we're looking at?
    - Since it was her third robbery conviction, she's looking at a long stretch in the pen.
    I don't think any native speaker would use 'for' instead of 'at' in any of these sentences.
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    Re: how much of an extension

    American speakers would.

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