However, how long, nomatter how long it takes

Sarah-Betty

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Could you please check these sentences?

We have to finish, however long it takes.
We have to finish, how long it takes.
We have to finish, no matter how long it takes.


Don't make fires on a site, however romantic it might seem.
Don't make fires on a site, how romantic it might seem.
Don't make fires on a site, no matter how romantic it might seem.
 

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Could you please check these sentences?

We have to finish, however long it takes. :tick:
We have to finish, how long it takes. :cross:
We have to finish, no matter how long it takes. :tick:


Don't make fires on a site, however romantic it might seem. :tick:
Don't make fires on a site, how romantic it might seem. :cross:
Don't make fires on a site, no matter how romantic it might seem. :tick:

See above.
 

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Are the following still wrong?

We have to finish, how much long it takes.
Don't make fires on a site, how much romantic it might seem.
 

emsr2d2

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"No matter", "however" and "regardless of" can be used somewhat interchangeably. They are not interchangeable with "how much" or "how".

Let's do this no matter how long it takes.
Let's do this however long it takes.
Let's do this regardless of how long it takes.

You could say "Let's do this regardless of how much time it takes" but if you change "time" to "long", it's wrong.
 
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