Is this grammar correct?

Just wondering. I got points off of a test for using the word duration as in, "The duration will last for 5 hours." Is this grammatically correct? I felt as if it was correct but now I'm not sure.

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  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭
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    @boi_345, It's just not English to say
    The duration will last
    for much the dame reason as it's not English to say
    The duration will enjoy a cup of tea

    I wouldn't describe this as a grammar problem. It's just that the words don't go together.
    We don't say
    The length measures one metre.
    The circumference circles the pond.
    The weight of it weighs half a kilo.

    Length, circumference, weight and duration are properties.

    Duration is the property of lasting. So we don't say
    The extent of lasting will last

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  • @DavidCrosbie said:
    @boi_345, It's just not English to say
    The duration will last
    for much the dame reason as it's not English to say
    The duration will enjoy a cup of tea

    I wouldn't describe this as a grammar problem. It's just that the words don't go together.
    We don't say
    The length measures one metre.
    The circumference circles the pond.
    The weight of it weighs half a kilo.

    Length, circumference, weight and duration are properties.

    Duration is the property of lasting. So we don't say
    The extent of lasting will last

    That makes sense now, I see what you mean. Thank you!

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