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    #1

    The clock is ten minutes behind.

    Hello.

    1. The clock/watch is ten minutes fast/slow.
    2. The clock/watch is ten minutes ahead/behind.

    I know #1 is correct, but I'm not sure about #2.
    Does #2 work?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: The clock is ten minutes behind.

    Yes.... and you might also hear it expressed as "The time on the clock/watch is ten minutes ahead/behind".

    However, most people would say it as in your first example, ie fast/slow.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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