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    By the moment or by moment.

    Hi,

    I need some help with this.

    A:It is same as or it is the same as ?
    B:By the moment or by moment ?

    If you need full sentence they are
    1:It is the same as "to be on cloud nine".
    2:It is getting worse by the moment ?

    Can you please explain ?

    Why did we use definite article instead of zero ?

    As far as I can remember I did not know what moment that person was referring to in B so how come we have used THE ?

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    Re: By the moment or by moment.

    You need the definite article in both. It's idiomatic.
    For the second, I would say "by the minute" instead of "by the moment."

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    Re: By the moment or by moment.

    So is it alright to say "we will measure the duration of test by the minute". By the way it seems completely strange to me so I would rather say we will measure the time by minutes.

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    Re: By the moment or by moment.

    No, it doesn't work for that context. I was referring to "It is getting worse by the minute."

    The expression "by the minute" is used to describe a situation changing very rapidly.

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    Re: By the moment or by moment.

    Note that unlike 'minute', 'moment' is an indeterminate period of time.

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