Can anyone please clear my doubts.

If i'd like to ask a friend how many years he has been living in a country, can i say, " How

many years it has been since you live in Sweden?" OR " How many years you have been

living in Sweden?," OR "How many years you have lived in Sweden already?,".

In my own way of saying in an informal conversation, i'd say "How many

years already you have been living in Sweden?" I'm not sure if it sounds natural to native


Another question, if i say " I don't know we would be such a good friend

at/in/from beginning?" Which one is a more appropriate preposition to use in this context.

Many thanks.
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Hello Abbie,

Thanks for clearing my doubts. By the way, is this sentence acceptable in a conversation

between friends, "How many years already have you been living in Sweden"?

Is the word 'already' necessary here?

No, joeviee. You don't need "already".

You can also say "how many years have you lived in Sweden"

or "how long have you lived in Sweden"
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To joewiee,

If your friend is living in Sweden for a pre-determined/pre-arranged number of years ( e.g. for work/study/etc.), you can ask:-

"How many years have you ALREADY been living in Sweden? "
To Abbie, pieanne and other ladies here,

How do feel about being referred to as "guys"? To my knowledge, in England, home and birth place of the English language, the term "guy" is like "chap" and refers to a man or a grown boy and not to a woman or a girl.
I would not hesitate to address a group of girls and/or women as "guys" (in an informal situation only, of course) - but would be unlikely to refer to an individual girl or woman as "a great guy." I would say the singular is generally reserved for males, but the plural can refer to any group - all males, all females, or mixed. What do you other "guys" think?

Probably I would only use "guys" to refer to women my own age (50) or younger - I certainly wouldn't call my mother and her friends "guys" to their faces. (I would say "ladies.") Though I might ask my mother privately, "what did you guys talk about today?"

--khoff (I know you can't tell from my screen name, but I am female.)
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To Ms. khoff,

I know that you are a female since you already revealed that earlier, but tell me, can a lady really succumb to being referred to as a "guy"? Heck! Equality or no equality, I was always under the impression that those of the fairer sex had more class than that!!
Out of interest, khoff, when you address a group of women as 'guys', is there a (subterranean through familiarity, but nonetheless obscurely present) something-quirky-ness about it?

Or does it feel as natural and neutral as 'you guys' for 'plural you'?

'Guy' sounds fine to me in an American, Swedish, Lebanese, etc. accent; but I don't much care for it in an English accent.

British public figures like to say it, I'm afraid, when they're trying to 'connect' (as I'm afraid they also say) with 'younger voters'.

It has a touch of the guitar-playing vicar about it. Or those middle-aged DJs with curious Cliff-Richard-style accents.

Back to 'chap', I say. Or 'bloke'.

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How many years have you ALREADY been living in Sweden?

I don't think so, Temico.

More likely "How many years have you lived in Sweden now?" (i.e. remind me)
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