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    I'll be 5 minutes.

    Imagine you are at a party. You're having a nice friendly conversation. Somehow you have been distracted.So is it possible tell your friends you've been talking to" Stick around. I'll be 5 minutes( I will return in 5 minutes)?
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    Re: I'll be 5 minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Imagine you are at a the party. You're having a nice friendly conversation. Somehow you have been distracted. So is it possible to tell your friends you've been talking to "Stick around. I'll be 5 minutes." (I will return in 5 minutes)?
    That sounds perfectly natural :)
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    Re: I'll be 5 minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    That sounds perfectly natural :)
    Sorry for mixing up the defenite and indefenite article. I've been trying to get the hang of the article thing. But haven't been very successful so far
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    Re: I'll be 5 minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Sorry for mixing up the defenite and indefenite article. I've been trying to get the hang of the article thing. But haven't beeb very successful so far
    Don't apologise! It's not easy to do, for any learner. At least you are trying - that's all the we ask of people who post for help!

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    Re: I'll be 5 minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    Don't apologise! It's not easy to do, for any learner. At least you are trying - that's all the we ask of people who post for help!

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    Re: I'll be 5 minutes.

    Imagine you are at a the party. You're having a nice friendly conversation. Somehow you have been distracted. So is it possible tell your friends you've been talking to "Stick around. I'll be 5 minutes." (I will return in 5 minutes)?

    In such cases I'd use the next form

    So is it possible that you tell your friends..

    Did you find that "that you" was redundant here. If so is it informal English then?

    Is it also possible to use the ing form?

    So is it possible telling your friends that you've been talking to..

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    Re: I'll be 5 minutes.

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    Imagine you are at a the party. You're having a nice friendly conversation. Somehow you have been distracted. So is it possible tell your friends you've been talking to "Stick around. I'll be 5 minutes." (I will return in 5 minutes)?

    In such cases I'd use the next form

    So is it possible that you tell your friends..

    Did you find that "that you" was redundant here. If so is it informal English then?

    Is it also possible to use the ing form?

    So is it possible telling your friends that you've been talking to..

    Thanks
    Why not the simpler "is it possible to tell your friends ..." ?

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    Re: I'll be 5 minutes.

    Is it possible telling
    Is it possible to tell

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    #9

    Re: I'll be 5 minutes.

    I've never heard anybody say, "I'll be 5 minutes." Shouldn't it be "(back) in 5 minutes"?
    Or maybe, "It'll (only) be 5 minutes"?
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 23-Sep-2010 at 09:12.

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    Re: I'll be 5 minutes.

    /A learner/

    I'll be (back in) five minutes.
    I'll be (off for) five minutes.

    Could this help?

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