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    #21

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    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?
    I didn't mean to suggest there was only one possibility.
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    #22

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Sorry, I don't understand. Could you please explain this to me? How can it be used for the future. I mean I used "Have been" in the sentence.

    I think I used it incorrectly. I used "Lay off" incorrectly. By "Lay off" I meant dismissal from job. Can it be used as a verb without changing the meaning?
    You're still working, but know that you will be laid off at some point. Then, your question works fine.

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    #23

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You're still working, but know that you will be laid off at some point. Then, your question works fine.
    But still I don't understand " How long have you been laid off?" How could it be used for the future?

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    #24

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Tdol's response referred to your original sentence - "How long before you get laid off?" If you're still working but you know you will be laid off at some point, it's fine. Tdol quoted Tarheel's question in his response because Tarheel seemed to be suggesting that your original sentence could not be used. Tdol disagreed, and so do I.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #25

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    2) How long before you get laid off.
    I was talking about this question, and what I thought was the topic of the thread.

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