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Reply to "Spend the vacation/class/night."

Is it correct to say:

"You spent the entire class answering the short questions?"

Is it correct to say things like:

1) Spend the entire class.
2) Spend your vacation.
3) Spend the night/evening.

Hi, Ashraful—I agree with Gustavo that the question "You spent the entire class answering the short questions?" is correct. It is the inversion-free version of the question "Did you spend the entire class answering the short questions?"

In that sentence, "spent the entire class" means "spent the entire class period." If the class period was fifty minutes in length, then the sentence is equivalent in meaning to "You spent fifty minutes answering the short questions."

Just as it does not make sense to say ?* "You spent fifty minutes" outside of context, it does not make sense to say ?* "Spend the entire class" outside of context, either.

The -ing phrase is essential to the meaning of this construction; it cannot be eliminated without changing meaning. "Spend the night" means (possibly) "Sleep here tonight," NOT "Occupy yourself with V-ing for the night."

Last edited by David, Moderator
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