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    Default ten minutes of

    What does it mean?

    Within ten minutes of the beginning of the concert

    1) 10 minutes before
    2) 10 minutes after

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    Default Re: ten minutes of

    It could be either; the context should make it clear.
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    Default Re: ten minutes of

    I want you to stop selling the tickets within ten minutes of the beginning of the concert.

    How to understand it?


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    Default Re: ten minutes of

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    I want you to stop selling the tickets within ten minutes of the beginning of the concert.

    How to understand it?

    Common sense tells us that it is probably 'before'. It's an unnatural sentence, in my opinion.
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    Default Re: ten minutes of

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    I want you to stop selling the tickets within ten minutes of the beginning of the concert.

    How to understand it?

    Nobody would say that.

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    Default Re: ten minutes of

    I quite agree. But I can see that it could be possible to stop selling the tickets within 10 minutes after the beginning. I also think that it means before but not because of common sense, even. I found this definition in a dictionary

    10. ( US ) before the hour of: a quarter of nine

    So, it must be "before". However, as I understand it is not something easy to understand which means that it's better to avoid using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    I quite agree. But I can see that it could be possible to stop selling the tickets within 10 minutes after the beginning. I also think that it means before but not because of common sense, even. I found this definition in a dictionary

    10. ( US ) before the hour of: a quarter of nine
    This appears to be a definition of 'of' rather than 'within ... of'
    So, it must be "before".
    No. It's ambiguous.
    However, as I understand it is not something easy to understand which means that it's better to avoid using it.
    Quite. as bhai pointed out, nobody would say it.
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    Default Re: ten minutes of

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Nobody would say that.
    I can't say for "nobody" but it seems like the guys from Of | Define Of at Dictionary.com find it possible.

    5. used to indicate separation, as in time or space: within a mileof the town ; within ten minutes of the beginning of the concert

    I am at a loss.

    PS: Oh, you find "within" to be ambigous. I see.let's get rid if it. I am interested in "of"

    I want you to stop selling the tickets in ten minutes of the beginning of the concert.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    I can't say for "nobody" but it seems like the guys from Of | Define Of at Dictionary.com find it possible.

    5. used to indicate separation, as in time or space: within a mileof the town ; within ten minutes of the beginning of the concert

    I am at a loss.

    Bhai and I have been talking about your particular sentence: I want you to stop selling the tickets within ten minutes of the beginning of the concert. The following one is possible.

    As the conductor stepped on to the stage, the audience clapped politely. However, within ten minutes of the beginning of the concert, they were jeering and booing.
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