Taking and spending time

Yet, acceptance, the last stage, can spend a lot of time because volunteers must interview participants one by one.

OK so how about this for a basic rule:

  • People spend time doing activities.
  • Indonesian flag (menghabiskan waktu) Indonesians notice there is no possessive. We do NOT say “People spend their time…”.
  • Activities take time.
  • Indonesian flag (membutuhkan waktu)

For example:

  • My morning commute to work takes 20 minutes.
  • Children these days spend too much time looking at screens.

Conclusion

In our opening example we need:

  • Yet, acceptance, the last stage, can take a lot of time because volunteers must interview participants one by one.

Practice

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OK I understand

Cleaning the kitchen usually 10 minutes but today I 30 minutes because last night we had guests. Afterwards I some time reading before heading to work. The journey longer than usual because of heavy traffic. I tried an alternative route but got lost and had to a few minutes looking at the map.

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