Have you lived in ... for a long time?

Discussion in 'العربية (Arabic)' started by ihsaan, May 9, 2010.

  1. ihsaan Senior Member

    Norwegian
    Hi,
    I am trying to express these two sentences in Arabic:
    1) Have you lived in this city for a long time?
    2) For how long have you lived in this city?

    هل تسكنين في هذه المدينة منذ مدة طويلة؟
    (I´m not sure if this is correct... could I have used لمدة طويلة in stead? Also, is مدة okay to use here, or should I have used some other word?)

    The second sentence I´m really unsure of.. I saw كم من الوقت being used in another thread, but I´m not sure if it is applicable in this context?
     
  2. Egyptlover

    Egyptlover Senior Member

    Arabic
    For the first one:
    Yes, it's correct, and you cannot say "لمدة طويلة" here. Also, it's ok to use "مدة" here and you can use "فترة" as well (it's up to you).

    For the second one:
    You can say: "منذ متى") ; "منذ متى وأنت تسكنين في هذه المدينة؟" = since when); I don't think "كم من الوقت" is suitable here.

    Hope this helps :)
     
  3. ihsaan Senior Member

    Norwegian
    Great! That helps a lot!
     
  4. Idris Senior Member

    Urdu (Pakistan)
    Is it okay if we drop وأنت and just say منذ متى تسكنين في هذه المدينة؟ ?
     
  5. Egyptlover

    Egyptlover Senior Member

    Arabic
    Yes, it's ok if we drop it............ thanks for the simplification :)
     

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