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    Is this a good answer to the question asked?

    Hi,

    I would like to know whether the following dialogue makes sense, especially the reply. Is it grammatical?

    A: So, how long have you been learning English?
    B: It has been like twelve years now.

    Thanks for your replies in advance.


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    Re: Is this a good answer to the question asked?

    Apart from the intrusive "like", it's a good answer.

    The intrusive "like" is a very common colloquialism, but not good grammar.

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    Re: Is this a good answer to the question asked?

    Anglika, do people talk like this often in English Lands? I never heard something like that.

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    Re: Is this a good answer to the question asked?

    do people talk like this often in English Lands? I never heard something like that.

    Like what?

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    #5

    Re: Is this a good answer to the question asked?

    Is it common to UK people say 'It has been like twelve years now' ?

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    Re: Is this a good answer to the question asked?

    No. But it is very common in America for sentences to be littered with it. eg

    I been there like twice like, and every time like he gets like in my face and I like have to...

    You hear it on reality shows like Judge Judy, which I love to watch to admire her incisive mind at work...and marvel at the atrocious grammar and such inarticulate meanderings as that above. Even she loses her cool at times and corrects their grammar!

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    #7

    Re: Is this a good answer to the question asked?

    Bob, Am I too sleepy or you are saying that genuine North Americans do this?

    I been there like twice like, and every time like he gets like in my face and I like have to...


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    Re: Is this a good answer to the question asked?

    The Use of like as a Marker of Reported Speech and Thought: A Case of Grammaticalization in Progress, by Suzanne Romaine and Deborah Lange 1991 The American Dialect Society.

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    Re: Is this a good answer to the question asked?

    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sonic View Post
    Hi,

    I would like to know whether the following dialogue makes sense, especially the reply. Is it grammatical?

    A: So, how long have you been learning English?
    B: It has been like twelve years now.

    Thanks for your replies in advance.
    Yes, it's grammatical and it's really quite common in casual speech, SS.

    It's used as a hesitation marker, and in this it's no different than "hmmmm", "uhh", "let me see", "weelllll", ...


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    Question Re: Is this a good answer to the question asked?

    And how irritating is it when a speaker rises, takes the podium, and the first utterance is "um..." What oratory!

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