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"Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?" could be interpreted as "how long is the drive to the sea?" as well as "how long will you stay at the sea?". Which one of the two depends on the context. "Für wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?" on the other hand is a perfectly correct and legitimate question, which leaves no doubt about what is being asked (i.e. that you want ...


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Both German sentences are correct, but they have different meanings. Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer? How long are you driving to the sea? – Here, fahren means the actual travel, and we want to know how long it will take to drive there. Für wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer? For how long are you going to the sea? – In this case, fahren means "going away" or ...



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