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    a minute or moment of silence

    When we pay tribute to the soldiers killed in action, is it a moment or minute of silence?

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    Re: a minute or moment of silence

    It's a minute's silence.

    A moment is a very brief, indeterminate period of time.

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    Re: a minute or moment of silence

    Can it be a minute of silence?

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    Re: a minute or moment of silence

    This minute of remembrance is almost always known as a minute's silence.

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    Re: a minute or moment of silence

    It used to be "two minutes' silence" or "a two-minute silence". I think they've realised that these days most people haven't got the attention/concentration span to be quiet for a whole two minutes so all these remembrance things seem to have been cut down to one minute instead.

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    Re: a minute or moment of silence

    "And both delegations, led by President Obama and President Hu, stood for a minute of silence."

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    "Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson...."

    Is there much difference between "to stand for a minute of scilence" and "to observe a momet of scilence"?

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    Re: a minute or moment of silence

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is there much difference between "to stand for a minute of scilence" and "to observe a moment of scilence"?
    Rover answered that in post #2.

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