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I'm wondering mostly in the informal context of a chat room. Basically:

Person A: I just ordered a pizza!

Me: At what time is it getting delivered?

Me: At what time is it getting here?

Me: When would it get here?

Me: How soon is it getting delivered?

Mostly is that I don't want to sound like the non-native speaker who ends up writing a super long sentence for something that could have been said in a much simpler way.

  • When will the pizza be here? How long will it take to get here? When is the pizza supposed to be here? – Alan Carmack Mar 4 '16 at 4:53
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That's a fairly formal, clear way of asking the question. In normal conversation with friends or in a chat room, you would probably want to be substantially more informal. There are a bunch of ways of saying this, but off the top of my head, I would say something like:

When is the pizza coming?
When is the pizza supposed to get here/there?
How long until the pizza gets here/there?

There is an unspoken "will it be" after the word "long" in the third version.

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Those are all fine sentences. However, I suggest "What time …" instead of "At what time …".

  • You suggest removing the "At" just because of the informal context? – jpablobr Mar 4 '16 at 6:05
  • I would drop "at" in any context. "What time" is sufficient. – 200_success Mar 4 '16 at 6:06
  • Just read this article and seems like you're right: grammar.yourdictionary.com/grammar-rules-and-tips/… (because "at" is a preposition and should connect something) – jpablobr Mar 4 '16 at 6:16
  • I wouldn't consider "At what time…" to be wrong; it's just better without the "at". – 200_success Mar 4 '16 at 6:24

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