You've been sober how long now?

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thedaffodils

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Peter: My chief problem was alcohol.
Journalist: You've been sober how long now?


Is it usual for native speakers to put "how long" behind the subject like that, instead of "how long have you been sober?"

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Yes, it is common in informal spoken English.

You've been married how long?
You've been out of prison how long?
 

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I would put "for" in front of "how long."

You've been sober for how long now?



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"For" is OK, but not needed.
 

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Are these okay in colloquial English? Do native speakers say so?


-There are apples on the table how many?

- The T-shirt is how much?


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Not the first.

The second is used informally.
 
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