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"be gone for"- Grammar help

 
 
Reply Wed 6 Jun, 2018 04:52 pm
Hello,

A sentence we discussed in class "How long will you be gone for?"
A little bit of research indicates that this is Old English, informal and grammatically incorrect. Is this true?
The correct sentence is "How long will you be going for?"?
Can this sentence be categorized under future perfect?
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 6 Jun, 2018 06:11 pm
@RMCSEdmond,
'How long will you be gone for?' sounds like perfectly normal and current American English. It's just a different way of asking 'How long will you be gone?'
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oralloy
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jun, 2018 09:43 am
"Gone" sounds OK to me.

Whether the sentence should end in "for" depends on one's opinion on preposition stranding.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preposition_stranding#Opinions_for_and_against
camlok
 
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Reply Tue 21 Aug, 2018 11:07 pm
@oralloy,
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Whether the sentence should end in "for" depends on one's opinion on preposition stranding.


The English language does not operate on the silly opinions of know nothings, Ori.

Just ask yourself - how can these nonsensical "rules" be part of the English language when people both before and after the "rules" were invented out of whole cloth never followed/follow them.
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laughoutlood
 
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Reply Wed 22 Aug, 2018 12:09 am
When you go away
As I know you must
There'll be others say
That the diction's bust

While prescriptivists
Those who won't say say not
Watch descriptivists
Get there collars hot

Who will post so long
That ripostes will be
Like your righting wrong
For eternity

When you go away
When you go away
When you go away



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