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What will be the questions that start with "How long..." for these two following sentences?

I have three weeks to learn English.
I have to learn English for three weeks.

The only question that pop up in my mind is: How long do I have to learn English? And I don't know which sentence suits this above question. Also what will be the question for the other one?

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    I think part of the problem comes from the fact that "I have to learn English for three weeks" is a strange, slightly non-fluent sentence. Do you mean that you have to spend three weeks studying English?
    – stangdon
    Commented Nov 11, 2022 at 16:16
  • Also note that these sentences don't mean the same thing: the first speaks of a deadline for learning English (whatever that means), and the second doesn't say anything about a goal, just that three weeks have to be spent learning.
    – Joachim
    Commented Nov 11, 2022 at 16:45
  • Learn question forms. For example: What are the questions that start with How Long. Also, the only question that pops up etc.
    – Lambie
    Commented Sep 12, 2023 at 15:33

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The first example has already been answered by OP in the question:

Q. How long do you have to learn English?
A. I have three weeks to learn English.

The second example could be

Q. How long will you be learning English for?
A. I have to learn English for three weeks.

Some people won't like the 'for' at the end of the sentence and might prefer

Q. For how long will you be learning English?
A. I have to learn English for three weeks.

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  • Is there any way to include that modal verb 'have to' in question? Because I'm trying to make a question including the modal verb: how long do i have to learn English. Again it results the same. That's so confusing.
    – Indu mathi
    Commented Nov 11, 2022 at 15:50
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    Then it would be the same (perhaps ambiguous) question as the first. There are various scenarios: You must learn English in only three weeks; you must attend the first three weeks of an English course; the lessons only last for three weeks... Commented Nov 11, 2022 at 16:38
  • @Indumathi "have to do something" is not a modal verb.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 10 at 16:29
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  1. I have three weeks to learn English.
  2. I have to learn English for three weeks.

The key words are bolded for clarity.

OP's suggested question suits answer (1):

How long do I have to learn English?

The verb have here means to possess.

In answer (2), have to is an idiom used to say that something is required or necessary, or need to.

We could modify the question used for the other answer by adding for at the end:

How long do I have to (or need to) learn English for?

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