Reply Wed 23 Sep, 2015 06:40 am
John asks

-It starts __ how long ago?

Is it correct to use FROM in the blank? I thought FROM was simply wrong, because you don't say you did something FROM ten years ago, but the problem is: in the BYU-BNC: BRITISH NATIONAL CORPUS, we find examples that have FROM before AGO.
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Reply Wed 23 Sep, 2015 07:03 am

It started how long ago? (= How long ago did it start?)
means the same as
From how long ago did it start?

But as you see, the "from" is not usually necessary.

But if you want to put it that way, both "from" and "ago" have to be present.
Reply Fri 25 Sep, 2015 10:46 am
Good answer. Thank y0u.
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