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I have to ask about the duration of the course. I've made 3 questions:

What is the duration of the course?
Or
How long is the course?
Or
How long does the course last?

Which one sounds better?

  • They’re pretty much equivalent, though asking about course length might possibly elicit an answer in terms of the number of sessions rather than time. – Lawrence Oct 8 '18 at 21:36
  • what kind of answer are you looking for: It’s two hours every Thursday. It’s 15 weeks. It finishes in December.... ? – Jim Oct 8 '18 at 23:29
  • See also: Writing Writing advice may be off topic on ELU. – Kris Oct 9 '18 at 11:01
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All three of those questions mean the same thing, and any given person would probably answer all three of them the same way. But answers between people could vary, because they are vague and do not ask for specific units of time.

If you want a specific number of days or hours, then you should ask specifically for days or hours. If you want to know what calendar dates the course will occur, then ask for the dates. You're liable to get any of those responses based on those questions.

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