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    a grammar question

    Hi.

    As a result of traffic delays, it took John ( ) to get home from his office.

    a) twice as much time as b)twice as much time


    I'm confused between a) and b).
    Which is the correct answer?
    Would you explain the answer to me?

    Thanks.

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    Re: a grammar question

    The first example, with its trailing "as," requires a comparison. It took John twice as much time as Jim to get home (twice as much time as the time it took Jim).

    Without the stated, included comparision, it is simply implied from context. Twice as much time [today as it did yesterday] / [as it took Jim] / [in a car today than it did on his bike last week] to get home.

    If the comparision is in the sentence, you need that "as"; if it is implied from context, you do not need the "as."


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    Re: a grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    The first example, with its trailing "as," requires a comparison. It took John twice as much time as Jim to get home (twice as much time as the time it took Jim).

    Without the stated, included comparision, it is simply implied from context. Twice as much time [today as it did yesterday] / [as it took Jim] / [in a car today than it did on his bike last week] to get home.

    If the comparision is in the sentence, you need that "as"; if it is implied from context, you do not need the "as."

    Thank you.

    Can I say "It took John twice as much time (as it usually takes him) to get home from his office"? In this case , Is the correct answer b) or a)?

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    Re: a grammar question

    You must have a word after that "as."
    Twice as long as usual. Twice as long as it did the day before. Twice as long as it took on the way out.

    The version with "as" is incorrect.

    {not a teacher}


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    Re: a grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You must have a word after that "as."
    Twice as long as usual. Twice as long as it did the day before. Twice as long as it took on the way out.

    The version with "as" is incorrect.

    {not a teacher}

    Thank you!


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    i need help about the verb + ING. when do we have to use TO or ING?
    stop talking or stop to talk?? etc.
    thanks


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    Re: a grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by luzmaria View Post
    i need help about the verb + ING. when do we have to use TO or ING?
    stop talking or stop to talk?? etc.
    thanks

    Shoud I give you some explanation?

    "stop talking" means finishied talking and "stop to talk" means finish any other thing in order to start to talk.

    You can refer to your grammar book which explains a lot to you.

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