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    I donít know how long I have got here.

    Hi

    I watched this sentence in X-man.
    ē I donít know how long I have got here.

    I guess the underlined sentence could be supposed to be like this as Wh-question.
    -> How long have I got here?

    But I guess, if this sentence were a declarative one, it would be like this.
    => I have got ~~(time)~~ here.
    e.g.)
    I have got 30 minutes here.

    So, my question is that when I would like to ask a certain time that I have, should I ask by saying "how long?"
    Couldn't I ask by saying "how much time or how long time"?
    e.g.)
    How much time have I got here?
    or
    How long time have I got here?

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    Re: I donít know how long I have got here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tae-Bbong-E View Post
    Hi

    I watched this sentence in X-man.
    • I don’t know how long I have got here.

    I guess the underlined sentence could be supposed to be like this as Wh-question.
    -> How long have I got here?

    I don't know what an "as Wh-question" is.


    But I guess, if this sentence were a declarative one,

    It's already declarative. Notice that it ends with a period (a.k.a. full stop).


    it would be like this.
    => I have got ~~(time)~~ here.
    e.g.)
    I have got thirty minutes here.

    Or, in American English, "I have thirty minutes here."


    So, my question is: When I would like to ask how much time I have, should I say, "how long"?
    Couldn't I ask by saying "how much time" or "how a long time"?

    You can say, "How much time do I have?" or "How long a time do I have?" The first is more natural.


    e.g.)
    How much time have I got here?
    or
    How long a time have I got here?

    The first is more natural.
    Now you know!
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    Re: I donít know how long I have got here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tae-Bbong-E View Post
    I watched heard this sentence in X-man.
    You either hear or read a sentence. The chances are that you meant you heard it. Also, I'm pretty sure you mean "X-Men".

    Quote Originally Posted by Tae-Bbong-E View Post
    • I don’t know how long I have got here.
    I guess the underlined sentence could be supposed to be like equivalent to this as Wh- question:
    -> How long have I got here?
    It may or may not be. The second is clearly asking for a duration.

    The first is simply saying that the person doesn't know something.
    For example,
    A- "Do you know how much time you've got left?"
    B- "No. I don't know how long I have got here".

    Quote Originally Posted by Tae-Bbong-E View Post
    So, my question is, that when I would like to ask a certain how much time that I have, should I ask by saying use "how long?"
    Couldn't I ask by saying "how much time" or "how long time?"
    See above. "How much time ...?" is okay, but "how long time" is wrong.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-May-2021 at 20:02. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: I donít know how long I have got here.

    Avoid how long time.

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