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The phrase “how long does it take” refers to the length of time needed to perform an action.

A: How long does it take to travel from London to Coventry?

B: It takes an hour by train.

A: How long does it take you to build the garage?

B: I guess it’ll take me about a week.

A: How long did it take to build the Great Wall of China?’

B: It is believed that it has` been built over a period of about 20 years

A: How long will it take you to lose 20 pounds?

B: I’m not quiet sure, but I suppose about six months.

A: How long does it take for hair to grow?

B: About 1/2 inches a month.

The phrase can be asked in the present, future and past tenses:

A: How long does it take them to prepare dinner?

B: It takes them an hour.

A: How long did it take them to get to Oxford?

B: It took them 2 hours.

A: How long will it take them to pack their bags?

B: It will take them half an hour.

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