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    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If you found the sentences somewhere and want to know what they mean, then tell us where you found them. Who wrote them? In what context were they uttered?

    If you wrote them yourself, then you presumably know what you wanted them to mean. Tell us.
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    If the dismissal is in the future, Tufguy's question works for me.
    In that case it would be "How long will it be before you get laid off?" (The next question is "How do you know that?")
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    #13

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Tufguy, the pattern is;

    How long will it be before ABC happens?

    It wouldn't change the grammar to make it "How long will it be before XYZ happens"?
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    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Tarheel: I want hamburger and onion and green peppers on my pizza.
    Pizza guy: OK.
    Tarheel: How long will it take to get here?
    Pizza guy: About 30 minutes.
    Tarheel: OK.
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    #15

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

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    Tufguy, the pattern is;

    How long will it be before ABC happens?

    It wouldn't change the grammar to make it "How long will it be before XYZ happens"?
    So "How long before" doesn't work.

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    #16

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Tufguy, a layoff is not the same as a dismissal. Consider a layoff an unplanned, unpaid vacation. (You expect to be called back at some point.) On the other hand, if you are dismissed from your job they don't want you back.

    laid off - furloughed
    dismissed - fired; terminated
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    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

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    So "How long before" doesn't work.
    I wouldn't use it. (I'm not saying it's never used--especially in casual speech.)
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    #18

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I am a bit confused about "How long before". What does it mean?
    This could all have been resolved much earlier, tufguy, if you had said "Are these four sentences I have written correct?"
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-May-2020 at 20:17. Reason: Fixed quote box.
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    #19

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Tufguy, a layoff is not the same as a dismissal. Consider a layoff an unplanned, unpaid vacation. (You expect to be called back at some point.) On the other hand, if you are dismissed from your job they don't want you back.

    laid off - furloughed
    dismissed - fired; terminated
    Being "laid off", in BrE, means pretty much the same as being fired. The difference is that usually the company lays people off in order to save money or because the company is about to go bust.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #20

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Tarheel: I want hamburger and onion and green peppers on my pizza.
    Pizza guy: OK.
    Tarheel: How long will it take to get here?
    Pizza guy: About 30 minutes.
    Tarheel: OK.
    Whilst Tarheel's question above is certainly grammatically correct, in BrE you'd also hear "How long will it be?" or "How long before it arrives?"

    I can't argue with the statement that "How long before ..." isn't grammatically complete (it's missing "will it be" before "before") but you'll hear it in BrE quite a lot, along with "How long until ...".

    How long before we can play doubles again?
    How long before lockdown is over?
    How long until you get your results?
    How long till you're well enough to go jogging again?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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