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We will be here till the middle of April. After that, we might be here a little bit longer but not much.

I feel there should be 'longer' after 'much'. Does the sentence sound incomplete without 'longer'?

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    "Much" is understood as "much longer", so there's no need to repeat "longer".
    – BillJ
    Jan 24, 2022 at 11:39

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Maybe this is old hat, but I was always taught that using the same word twice in a sentence was bad practice. However you could say

... we might stay a little bit longer but not by much.

or just

... we might stay a little bit longer.

since a little bit already precludes a long stay.

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  • I think that yes, saying the same word twice in a sentence (or really in close proximity) is seen as bad practice; probably due to it being seen as you do not know much vocabulary.
    – Buzzyy
    Jan 24, 2022 at 11:43
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This sounds fine without the other ‘longer’. You may feel as if you have to say it twice, but due to context, I would say people will definitely know what you are talking about, and it is grammatically correct. It also makes it sound more natural.

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