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    #1

    elapse

    Hi

    Is it correct to say:

    Come back before twenty minutes elapse.

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    Re: elapse

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is it correct to say:

    Come back before twenty minutes elapse.

    It's grammatically correct, but no one would ever say that.

    We'd say something like,

    "Be back here in twenty minutes."

    "Don't take longer than twenty minutes to come back."

    "You've got twenty minutes (to get back here)."


    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Re: elapse

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is it correct to say:

    Come back before twenty minutes elapse.
    Yes, it would be unusual to use this in speech. In writing it might be possible, but it would sound more natural to say, "Come back before twenty minutes have elapsed."

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    #4

    Re: elapse

    As an American-English speaker, I like buggles first example.

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    #5

    Re: elapse

    Come back in twenty minutes' time.

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    Re: elapse

    "Come back within twenty minutes" or kfredson's "Come back before twenty minutes have elapsed."

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