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or "it would took me 1–2 seconds"?

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    Nice to see the en dash used correctly. Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 4:11

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"It would take me 1-2 seconds" is correct. It takes the infinitive.

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  • Once in the past, it took me one or two seconds.
  • Previously, it has taken me one or two seconds (at most …).
  • So far, it has taken me one or two seconds (and may take longer to complete).
  • Currently, it takes me one or two seconds (every time, to complete).
  • In the future, it will take me one or two seconds.
  • If I had done it yesterday, it would have taken me one or two seconds.
  • If I did it tommorrow, it would take me one or two seconds.
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    So, "took" never follows any auxiliary in standard English.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 13:04
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    not too sure about 'standard' English - but I remember growing up in the north of England with people saying things like "it could have took me forever"
    – HorusKol
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 22:18
  • Yeah worth noting that HorusKol is right and that's common in many northern English dialects - but it's not "real" academically Commented Jul 25, 2019 at 12:33
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If you are wanting to indicate how long it would have taken you to complete a task that has already been completed:

It took Stephen 10 seconds to get the right answer, but it would have taken me 1 or 2 seconds.

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