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Question words - how long


Bernard M

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Hello,

For the two following answers :

1- 'he's been working here since 1980'

2- 'he's been working here for ten years'

... the question is 'How long as he been working here?', isn't it?

Is there a way to formulate the question so that the answer is only a date and not a duration?

Is it correct to say : 'Since which date has he been working here?''

Thank you for your help.

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Hello Bernard and Phil,

I agree with Phil's answer that 'since when' is better if you want to keep the Present Perfect Continuous tense in your  question. However, in daily usage, Phil's second question is more common if you want to formulate a complete question that will definitely draw a date.

'Since when?' is a common short question:
A: He has been working here for quite some time now.
B: Really? Since when?

 

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