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    #1

    My watch is seven minutes slow/fast.

    How many ways would exist meaning the same as:

    My watch is seven minutes slow/fast.
    (Spoken usages, I mean.)

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    #2

    Re: My watch is seven minutes slow/fast.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    My watch gains/loses seven minutes.
    That is not correct, Matthew. That tells us what your watch gradually does over a period of time - say a day.

    'My watch is seven minutes fast' means that it is showing a time which is seven minutes ahead of the actual time.

    Freeguy, I don't know how many different ways there are to say this, but they will all be wordier and less elegant than this just about perfect sentence.

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    #3

    Re: My watch is seven minutes slow/fast.

    My watch is seven minutes behind.

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    #4

    Re: My watch is seven minutes slow/fast.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    My watch is seven minutes behind.
    Is it possible to say 'My watch is seven minutes slow'?

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    #5

    Re: My watch is seven minutes slow/fast.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.
    As far as I know (and heard) we normally say "My watch is five minutes ahead/behind". Correct me if I'm wrong, please.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #6

    Re: My watch is seven minutes slow/fast.

    In BrE, we use "My watch is five minutes slow/fast".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: My watch is seven minutes slow/fast.

    In AmE also.

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