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He's been looking for Jenny longer than it took me to build this empire.

He's been looking for Jenny longer than how long it took me to build this empire.

Are both these sentences grammatically correct? Do they mean the same thing?

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    Edited for clarity. As a note for the future: If you're going to ask us to explain the differences between two sentences, you at least owe the community the courtesy to format the questions such that the differences stand out and can be easily located and identified. We are not here to play Spot the Difference. – J.R. Oct 31 '16 at 19:59
  • I'm sorry. I'll make sure it doesn't happen again. One more time, I apologize. @J.R. – lekon chekon Oct 31 '16 at 20:03
  • Nice question. +1 from me. – Araucaria Nov 1 '16 at 16:08
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Both of your sentences are understandable but awkward and would be considered to be created by a non-native speaker.

Better might be

He's been looking for Jenny for longer than it took for me to build this empire.

Which is still odd in using the contrast of times for looking and for building.

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