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    • Join Date: May 2008
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    #1

    wear on

    Hello.

    If time wears on, it passes very slowly, especially when you are waiting for something to happen.
    I was feeling more tired as the night wore on.

    1. Thirty minutes passed slowly.
    2. Thirty minutes wore on.
    Do #1 and #2 mean the same thing?

    Thank you.


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    Smile Re: wear on

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    If time wears on, it passes very slowly, especially when you are waiting for something to happen.
    I was feeling more tired as the night wore on.

    1. Thirty minutes passed slowly.
    2. Thirty minutes wore on.
    Do #1 and #2 mean the same thing?

    Thank you.
    Yes, I think you could say they mean the same thing. However, the phrase "wear on", to me, implies the idea that one has to endure the passing of time..

    I'm not so sure just how natural the sentence "thirty minutes wore on" is out of context. As an isolated sentence, it seems, at least, somewhat unnatural.


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