“It may take up to three or four weeks for delivery.”

You're shopping for furniture with your fiance. You picked out a sofa that you want, and now you're asking to buy it. You will need to get the sofa delivered to you, but the shop staff tells you this about the wait time for deliveries.

It may take up to three or four weeks for delivery.

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It may (do something)

"It may ___" is similar to saying "It might ___" but is more formal:

It may rain tomorrow.

It might rain tomorrow.

Both are used to guess or warn about the future. This example is a guess, and the example at top is a warning.

take up to (a time)

When you're preparing or warning a customer of a long wait for something, you usually tell the maximum amount of time that they will have to wait. That way, the customer will be happy if the wait is shorter than this.

You prepare someone for a long wait using "take up to ___":

Finishing the repairs might take up to ten days.


When you send an item somewhere, someone "delivers" the item. To talk about this action, we use the word "delivery". Some common collocations with the word "delivery" include:

  • pizza delivery
  • an on-time delivery
  • a delivery truck
  • a delivery boy
  • a special delivery
  • a daily/weekly/monthly delivery
  • make a delivery