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    #1

    It depends how heavy it is.

    (1)How long the journey takes will depend on how long it takes to get through the traffic.


    (2)"Can you lift this case?" "It depends how heavy it is."


    Why isn't there an "on" after "depends" in the second sentence, which exists in the first sentence?

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    #2

    Re: It depends how heavy it is.

    It should be "It depends on how heavy it is".

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    #3

    Re: It depends how heavy it is.

    In BrE, "on" is frequently omitted, at least when speaking.

    When will you get home tonight?
    It depends what time I finish.

    Where will you leave your car?
    It depends how bad the parking situation is.

    Are you coming to the party Saturday night?
    It depends if I've finished proofreading my article. It's due on Sunday.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: It depends how heavy it is.

    It's often omitted in American English too.
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    #5

    Re: It depends how heavy it is.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's often omitted in American English too.
    I wonder if this is grammatically correct?

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    #6

    Re: It depends how heavy it is.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    I wonder if this is grammatically correct?
    It depends how you define "correct".
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    #7

    Re: It depends how heavy it is.

    Do you think it is appropriate for a college writing class? I know some professors are very picky.

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    #8

    Re: It depends how heavy it is.

    Some native speakers are pretty picky too! I would recommend that individual students bring this up with their teachers to see if they would accept it without "on".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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