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    We have fifteen minutes (in which) to eat.

    If we are given fifteen minutes to finish our meal, which sentence should I use? If neither, how should it be worded with 'eat' as the verb?

    1. We have fifteen minutes to eat.

    2. We have fifteen minutes in which to eat.

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    Re: We have fifteen minutes (in which) to eat.

    1. We have fifteen minutes to eat. You will hear this, but I prefer, "We have fifteen minutes to eat in".

    2. We have fifteen minutes in which to eat. Fine. It's a little more formal than #1.
    Last edited by 5jj; 21-Jul-2011 at 21:26. Reason: typos

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    Re: We have fifteen minutes (in which) to eat.

    Number 2 is fine.

    I hate to disagree with 5jj but I would not use "in" at the end of sentence 1. I think "We've got 15 minutes to eat" is natural and often used.

    You've got 10 minutes to play and then it's time for dinner.
    He's got a week to have fun.
    You've got 2 minutes to get dressed (or to dress).

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    Re: We have fifteen minutes (in which) to eat.

    I wouldn't use in at the end either, but it sounds natural to me- many would.

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