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English: which is correct 'Twenty more minutes' or 'Twenty minutes more'?

Asked by imsok00l (102 points ) November 30th, 2012

A friend of mine who works at an English teaching school here in Russia was rebuked by her boss for saying ‘I need twenty more minutes, please’, which, she was told, was incorrect because one should say ‘twenty minutes more’. Is her boss right or are both ways of saying it correct (as I’ve always believed)?

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zensky's avatar

They’re both fine.

augustlan's avatar

I think either way is grammatically correct.

zensky's avatar

Both are fine, of course.

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emersonkelly's avatar

We can use either of them or else I need another twenty minutes is also correct.

OfAwesome's avatar

They can both be fine as longas you are using them in the correct context. You can use twenty minutes more when you are saying “it took me twenty minutes more than you.”

Mariah's avatar

They are both right; I think the the first would be used more commonly.

marinelife's avatar

Both are OK, but I prefer the latter.

gailcalled's avatar

They are both fine. Interchangeable.

the100thmonkey's avatar

“Twenty minutes more” is evil, and anyone that thinks it’s OK should be sterilised.

Alternatively, it might be OK.

gailcalled's avatar

Here is a ballad by Frank Sinatra from 1946. ”....this is the No.1 song for “Big Frank on the U.S. Charts in 1946.”

Five Minutes More

“Give me five minutes more,
Only five minutes more
Let me stay,
Let me stay in your arms.”

One of the slow-dancing make-out songs for high school proms back then.

PeppermintBiscuit's avatar

I think that “twenty minutes more” is a little more old-fashioned. Maybe it used to be considered the only proper way, but today it is perfectly acceptable, and probably more common, to say “twenty more minutes”.

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OfAwesome's avatar

@the100thmonkey that’s kinda what their doing… this is the internet isn’t it?

the100thmonkey's avatar

Yeah, but impressionistic ‘data’ is notoriously unreliable.

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SadieMartinPaul's avatar

Your friend’s boss is a blowhard. Both versions sound fine and communicate effectively.

Can you even imagine being so bored, and having so much time on your hands, that you make an issue out of something this inconsequential?

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