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    How long before can I reach the airport

    I am a bit confused about "How long before". What does it mean?

    1) How long before can I reach the airport.

    2) How long before you get laid off.

    3) How long before I get a loan after pledging my property.

    Please check my sentences and please explain to me the meaning?

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    #2

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    You must explain the meaning to us. Then we'll tell you whether the sentences are right.

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    #3

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    None of them means anything without the correct punctuation mark at the end.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    I don't try to make the sentence fit the words I want to use. (It's the other way around.)

    For the first one, try:

    How long will it take me to reach the airport?

    For the second one, try:

    How long have you been laid off?

    For the third one, try:

    How long will it take for the loan to be approved?

    Since they are your sentences, you should already know what they are supposed to mean.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 28-May-2020 at 21:43. Reason: Fix typos.
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    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I don't try to make the sentence fit the words I want to use. (It's the other way around.)

    For the first one, try:

    How long will it take me to reach the airport?

    For the second one, try:

    How long have you been laid off?

    For the third one, try:

    How long will it take for the loan to be approved?

    Since they are your sentences, you should already know what they are supposed to mean.
    But what does "How long before" mean? Like how long before the USA nukes North Korea. Does it mean "How long will it tak the USA to nuke North Korea"?

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    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    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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    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    But what does "How long before" mean? Like how long before the USA nukes North Korea. Does it mean "How long will it tak the USA to nuke North Korea"?
    "How long before" is not a proper way to start a sentence. There is no subject.

    I think you have not read through your text before posting as there are glaring basic errors.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    For the second one, try:

    How long have you been laid off
    If the dismissal is in the future, Tufguy's question works for me.

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    Re: How long before can I reach the airport

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If the dismissal is in the future, Tufguy's question works for me.
    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?

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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.
    Does it mean "How long will it take before something happens"?

    How long before my pizza arrives? Did I get this right?

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