Can you say, “It takes to me” when you talk about time?

Can you say, “It takes to me” when you talk about time?

Question by Alejandro de Palma de Mallorca

Thank you Alejandro for your question.   No, we don’t use ‘to’ when using the time expression ‘It takes’.

When we talk about the time necessary in order to do something we use the verb ‘to take’.

In Spanish this is a normal verb: ‘yo tardo’, ‘yo como’; ‘tu tardas’, ‘tu vas’, etc.
When ‘take’ means tardar (as opposed to tomar or llevar) it has a different structure in English.

Yo tardo – it takes me

Tu tardas – it takes you


The question we ask is:

How long does it take you to…?

How long does it take you to get to work in the morning?

How long does it take you if there isn’t any traffic?

 

We don’t normally say ‘how much time does it take?’

We also use ‘long’ to say ‘mucho tiempo’.

It is taking us a long time.

 

When we talk about something that is the same for everybody – a flight, a train trip, obtaining a university degree – we omit the object.

It takes 2 hours 45 minutes to go to Seville by AVE. (se tarda)

How long does it take to fly from Madrid to Paris?

It takes about 2 hours to fly from Madrid to Paris.

I hope this helps!

14/01/2015