What does どれ mean in this sentence?

神戸にはもうどれくらいいらっしゃいますか。- How long have you been in Kobe?

Basically, どれ means "which", but what meaning does it have in that sentence?

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Practically, it may be better to remember どれくらい=how much, how long.

くらい means (approximate) amount, so どれくらい means which amount, or what amount of time = how long in the particular context. It can be used for asking other kinds of amount.

  • どれくらいの費用がかかりましたか how much did it cost?
  • どれくらい歩きましたか how long did you walk? (this is ambiguous between time and distance)

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