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Let's say the cooking time for a dish is 50 minutes. I want to ask how much time remains between now and when the dish will be done.

What is the right way to ask that?

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I'd say

When will the dish be ready?

After how much time will the dish be ready?

***Not a native speaker.***
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    The first answer looks good. The second one isn't wrong, exactly, but it feels non-fluent. "How much time is there before the dish is ready?" might be a better phrasing, or maybe "How long until the dish is ready?" if you're speaking informally?
    – stangdon
    Oct 16, 2016 at 18:46
  • yea, I've mentioned I am not a native speaker.
    – Saqeeb
    Oct 16, 2016 at 18:55
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    *When will the dish be ready? It's a question, and the subject comes before the auxiliary, but otherwise that's a good expression, it sounds quite polite too.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 16, 2016 at 19:07
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    okay, I've edited it.
    – Saqeeb
    Oct 16, 2016 at 19:13
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How much time is left until the (dish) is ready?

There are other ways to say it, but this is pretty general.

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I think these two examples will do it for you:

How long before it's ready?

How much longer before it's ready?

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You could go about it a couple of ways. One would be to straight up ask what you basically already said:

How much time remains for [insert action/activity/etc. here]?

Or you could say something along these lines:

How much longer will this take?

You could (if you wanted) replace "this" with whatever thing you're asking about.

How much longer will the dish be cooking?

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