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How long does it take …?

The format ‘How long does it take…?’ can be used in many ways, the first is when asking about distance from one place to another. For example:


 

A: How long does it take to travel from Leeds to London by car?

B: It takes four hours from Leeds to London to travel by car.

 

A: How long will it take for me to walk from your house to the shop?

B: It will take you 10 minutes to walk from my house to the shop.

 

How long does it take to do something?

 

 How longDoesDid

Will

 It take to …?

 

 

  

 

It

Takes

Took

Will take

A week

A long time

Four hours

  

 

To…

Doesn’t

Didn’t

Won’t

 

Take

 

Long

     

 

 

  • How long does it take to cross the English Channel by boat?

  • ‘I arrived here by train.’ ‘Did you? How long does it take from Liverpool to Manchester by train?’

  • How long will it take for my parcel to arrive?

 

  • It can take up to a year to learn how to speak Arabic.

  • It doesn’t take long to cook fresh pasta.

  • It won’t take me long to fix the leak in the shower.

 

 

How long does it take you to do something?

 

 How longDoesDid

Will

 It takeYouLauren

Them

 To…?

 

 

ItTakesTook

Will take

MeLauren

Them

A weekA long time

Four hours

 To…?

 

 

  • How long will it take me to learn how to cook pastry?

  • It takes Lisa 30 minutes to travel from her house to university.

  • It can take up to an hour or me to finish cleaning.

  • Did it take you a long time to fill in your details?

  • It will take me two hours to complete my homework before dinner.

 

 

How long does it take…? Exercises..


 

Using the following destinations, create your own questions starting with ‘How long…?’

 

 

  1. London France …………………How long does it take by plane from London to France? …………………….. (Example Answer)……………………. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  2. Manchester Manchester airport

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  1. Your house   Local post office

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  1. America Australia

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  1. Shopping centre Sports centre

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

 

Your task is to create answers on how long it would take to do these things. Write in full sentences.

 

  1. Fly from Leeds/ Arrive at New York

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  1. Drive from Scotland/ Arrive at Birmingham

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  1. The time it takes for you to walk to your local school

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  1. Train to be a dentist at university

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

 

 

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