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Wie lange hast du schon Urlaub?
Wie lange hast du noch Urlaub?

What's the difference between these two questions? Are they answered differently? Is it like one of them started the holidays but the other one hasn't started yet?

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    What did you find out so far? Did you try a translator for "schon" and "noch"? – IQV Jun 20 '17 at 12:32
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    Advanced: "Du hast aber schon noch Urlaub?" – moooeeeep Jun 20 '17 at 12:57
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Your holiday begins ----------------- Now ----------------- Your holiday ends


Wie lange hast du schon Urlaub?

In this question, the time span from Your holiday begins until Now is asked.

(Your holiday begins ----------------- Now) ----------------- Your holiday ends


Wie lange hast du noch Urlaub?

In this question, the time span from Now until Your holiday ends is asked.

Your holiday begins ----------------- (Now ----------------- Your holiday ends)

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    +1 for the thought of a "graphical timeline" – tofro Jun 20 '17 at 19:11
  • @tofro haha thanks. I am a visual learner. That is why, I find this kind of answers very helpful. – Ad Infinitum Jun 20 '17 at 19:56
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Wie lange hast du schon Urlaub?

Here, you ask for the time that has already passed (schon = already).


Wie lange hast do noch Urlaub?

Here, you ask for the time still left (noch = still).

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