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    Default tens of minutes - how to say that??? teacher, come to the rescue!!!

    In Polish you can say "several tens of minutes later" meaning 30, 40, 50, 60 minutes later, what do say in English? several minutes would be much shorter span of time, am I right?

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    Default Re: tens of minutes - how to say that??? teacher, come to the rescue!!!

    You can say things like:

    "In quarter of an hour" (meaning 15 minutes)
    "In twenty minutes"
    In half an hour"
    In three quarters of an hour" (meaning 45 minutes)
    and so on.....

    Hope this helps!

    Deborah ESL

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    Default Re: tens of minutes - how to say that??? teacher, come to the rescue!!!

    I have already found a few dozen of minutes, several dozen, thanks !

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    Default Re: tens of minutes - how to say that??? teacher, come to the rescue!!!

    We say decades later, meaning tens of years,
    Centuries later, meaning hundreds of years,
    Hours later means many hours,
    Minutes later, many minutes,

    But, I don't think there is an english expression meaning tens of minutes.

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    Default Re: tens of minutes - how to say that??? teacher, come to the rescue!!!

    yeah, but I can use several dozen minutes later all was clear....thanks

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    Default Re: tens of minutes - how to say that??? teacher, come to the rescue!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena View Post
    yeah, but I can use several dozen minutes later all was clear....thanks

    Yes you can, and you would be gramatically correct, however, if you are speaking to or writing about something in North America, if you say "several dozen minutes" people will wonder about your knowledge of English.

    If you mean several dozen minutes, it would be better to say, "approximately a half hour" or "30-45 minutes later"

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    Default Re: tens of minutes - how to say that??? teacher, come to the rescue!!!

    ... or, in an informal context, 'a bit less than/more than an hour' .

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    Default Re: tens of minutes - how to say that??? teacher, come to the rescue!!!

    OK, thanks:)

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    Default Re: tens of minutes - how to say that??? teacher, come to the rescue!!!

    Such are the traps of literal mtranslation- I can always say some time later, or simply, later :)

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