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    Minimum x At the minimum

    Hello, everyone,

    Could "minimum" and "at the minimum" mean the same thing?

    In the sentence "You'll need two tons of cement, minimum" (Longman), could I use "at the minimum" instead of "minimum" to mean the same thing?

    I have this question because I found "at a/the minimum:
    used to say that if nothing else is done, this one thing should be done" (Longman).

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Minimum x At the minimum

    "You'll need two tons of cement - minimum" sounds like a sort of shorthand way of speaking. For me, a full sentence would be "You'll need a minimum of two tons of cement", "You'll need at least two tons of cement" or "You'll need two tons of cement at least". I don't like "at the minimum" at all. I'm not disputing that it's grammatical and that it has a definition on the dictionary, I'm just not keen on it. Having said that, I do use it at the beginning of sentences sometimes. For example "At the absolute minimum, I will need twelve pairs of socks for my walking holiday".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Minimum x At the minimum

    "At the absolute minimum, I will need twelve pairs of socks for my walking holiday". Does this sentence mean that you could need something more besides the twelve pairs of socks or that you could need more than twelve pairs of socks?

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    Re: Minimum x At the minimum

    Thinking about it logically (always helpful), it is unlikely that I'm going to take no other types of clothing for my holiday! It would generally be clear to the listener that I am referring only to the minimum number of pairs of socks that I will need. I might realise when I pack properly that I need fourteen pairs. It gives no information at all as to what other clothing I will pack.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Minimum x At the minimum

    Concerning to "minimum", could I put it in the beginning of the sentence: "Minimum, you'll need two tons of cement"?

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    #6

    Re: Minimum x At the minimum

    I was watching an interview with Donald Trump the other day. He used "at a minimum" a couple of times.

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    Re: Minimum x At the minimum

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos Edu View Post
    Concerning to "minimum", could I put it at the beginning of the sentence: "Minimum, you'll need two tons of cement"?
    No.

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    Re: Minimum x At the minimum

    Does "at a/the maximum" exist even it been not liked too?


    For example, "At the maximum, we will need balloons, but I guess they will not be necessary"?

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    Re: Minimum x At the minimum

    Yes, for people who speak that way, 'maximum' is used. "You can have three drinks, maximum." I don't like it, but can put up with it in speech. But your sentence doesn't work.
    Some people might say, "I only had about five drinks, tops."

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    Re: Minimum x At the minimum

    Thank you very much, you all, for having answered my questions!

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