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What is the best way to say, "It takes time"?

I see in one place, "ça prend du temps." But itrans & google say, "Il faut du temps." and somewhere else I have seen, "Il met du temps."

Are they all the same? If not what is the difference between them? What is the most common form of these expressions?

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What is the best way to say, "It takes time"?

"Ça prend du temps" is entirely valid and is a literal translation of "it takes times". It's the most used.

"Il faut du temps" is closer to "You/It need/s time" meaning that you will be needing time but it can also be substituted for "Ça prend du temps".

"Il met du temps." means that "he" is taking/putting time towards something. I have also heard it in the context that somebody is late "Il met du temps à arriver".

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    La réponse est complète. Pour une tâche, j'aime bien aussi l'adjectif « chronophage » mais la valeur ajoutée est trop faible pour faire une réponse séparée (peu usité, probablement inutilement compliqué pour un débutant). – Chop Nov 4 '15 at 8:19
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you also see "ça met du temps", "ça demande du temps".

"il met du temps" is totally different since it refers to the time a given person is taking, while "ça" is impersonal (and could apply to delays not depending especially of somebody).

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"Ça prend du temps"

"Il faut du temps" is closer to "It needs time" and "Il met du temps" is "He puts time" which doesn't make a lot of sense.

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    "il met du temps à arriver" when you are waiting for someone is very common. – Random Nov 4 '15 at 8:12

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