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    I'm not quite ready -- won't be a minute. (p745, Practical English Usage)

    What does "won't be a minute" mean?

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    Default Re: won't be a minute

    'It'll be no more than a minute [until you have my full attention].' It's not a very clear idiom, but its quite common. Older BE speakers may say 'Shan't be a minute' (because of an old rule that was never true and is now almost archaic). Another variant is 'Shan't/won't be a mo'['ment]'.

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    Default Re: won't be a minute

    Thank you very much, Bobk. But I still do not quite understand the quoted sentence: I'm not quite ready -- won't be a minute.

    Can you paraphrase the quoted sentence in easier English? Thank you very much for your help.
    Last edited by sitifan; 17-Jun-2013 at 13:18.

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    Default Re: won't be a minute

    I am almost ready. I will be ready in less than one minute.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: won't be a minute

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I'm not quite ready -- won't be a minute. (p745, Practical English Usage)

    What does "won't be a minute" mean?
    What does the text book say about it? What topic is it discussing?

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