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    How long does it "take us" or "take for us"...?

    (1) How long does it usually take us to walk to school?

    (2) How long does it usually take for us to walk to school?

    Is (2) correct?

    Is there any subtlety between the two?

    Thanks for sharing!


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    Re: How long does it "take us" or "take for us"...?

    Quote Originally Posted by rockhead View Post
    (1) How long does it usually take us to walk to school?

    (2) How long does it usually take for us to walk to school?

    Is (2) correct?

    Is there any subtlety between the two?

    Thanks for sharing!
    Both sentences are correct. No difference.

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    Re: How long does it "take us" or "take for us"...?

    Absolutely. Both are fine.


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    Re: How long does it "take us" or "take for us"...?

    Is there any subtlety between the two?

    I think so.
    The first question might be asked by one of the walkers to the other/s on the way to school "because it's half past eight, and we might have time to go to the shop for a custard tart before school starts."

    The second question is preceded by some enquiry from a third person, as to how far it is to school, because he has to walk there on crutches. Rather than thinking in distance, but in 'how long it takes', the person enquired of turns to his usual walking mate and asks, "How long does it take for us to walk to school?"

    It's all in the perspective of the speaker.

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