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    #1

    take until

    Do I express myself right?
    How long will the breakdown lorry take until it gets here?

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    #2

    Re: take until

    Do I express myself right?
    No. But you're close:

    How long will the breakdown lorry take to get here?
    How long will it take for the breakdown lorry to get here?

    How long will it be until the breakdown lorry gets here?
    How long will it be before the breakdown lorry gets here?

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    #3

    Re: take until

    It's a tow truck​ in AmE.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: take until

    It's usually a breakdown truck/van in the UK.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: take until

    I was wondering recently whether truck has been replacing the charming lorry​ in BrE. What do you think?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: take until

    I wouldn't say that. A lorry is bigger than a truck or a van. It's usually used for the kind of large, multi-wheeled vehicle which is used to transport goods. It's just not a word we associate with the vehicle that comes out when your car has broken down.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: take until

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's usually a breakdown truck/van in the UK.
    Formally, it's a recovery vehicle.

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    #8

    Re: take until

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I was wondering recently whether truck has been replacing the charming lorry​ in BrE. What do you think?
    Not at all- lorry is alive and well in BrE.

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