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    How long is A FEW MOMENTS?

    a few moments ago = a few minutes ago?

    Or it is shorter than a few minutes?

    Thank you.

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    Re: How long is A FEW MOMENTS?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    a few moments ago = a few minutes ago?

    Or it is shorter than a few minutes?

    Thank you.
    It's shorter. I would say it's about the same as "a few seconds ago".

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    Re: How long is A FEW MOMENTS?

    I think it means different things to different people. I might say 'a moment ago' (more than I would say 'a few moments ago') if something happened a few minutes ago, for example if I want to emphasise to someone that they just missed seeing someone/something.

    "You won't believe who I saw on the other side of the street a moment ago!"

    has a greater urgency than:

    "You won't believe who I saw on the other side of the street a few minutes ago!"

    A few minutes ago is history; a moment ago is still tantalisingly close.

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    Re: How long is A FEW MOMENTS?

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    I think it means different things to different people.
    It certainly seems to. It's also contextual.

    I might say 'a moment ago' (more than I would say 'a few moments ago') if something happened a few minutes ago, for example if I want to emphasise to someone that they just missed seeing someone/something.

    "You won't believe who I saw on the other side of the street a moment ago!"

    has a greater urgency than:

    "You won't believe who I saw on the other side of the street a few minutes ago!"

    A few minutes ago is history; a moment ago is still tantalisingly close.
    So, summarising your response and ems's: a moment is longer than a minute, but a few moments is less than a minute?

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    Re: How long is A FEW MOMENTS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    So, summarising your response and ems's: a moment is longer than a minute, but a few moments is less than a minute?
    Well, I'm sticking to my guns. A single moment is very short, and a few moments is still definitely less than a minute!

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    Re: How long is A FEW MOMENTS?

    This is an amusing topic. From what I've learned, a few moments ago is typically regarded as an event that most recently occurred. Depending on the person's perception of time, a few moments ago could either be a few seconds or several minutes. As such, there are no concrete definitions.

    "A moment ago" and "a few moments ago" are synonymous.

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