# Thread: At least three over?

1. ## At least three over?

Dear teacher, would you please help explain the following sentence in red?
It's from the Movie Truth (2015), many thanks in advance!

What's it running?
It's 60 minutes, at least three over. (after 3PM?)
Some of the document stuffs a little slow, you can trim there.

2. ## Re: At least three over?

At least three minutes longer than the allowed time. "Over" is short for something like over the limit.

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Thanks, but as far as I understand that, the "60 minutes" there refers to a news program called "60 minutes" on CBS, rather than the actual number of the minutes, so I don't think that answered my question, or I'd appreciate if you could explain again, thanks!

And here are more lines FYI in which they might be able to provide more context for that line in question:
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What's it running?
It's 60 minutes, at least three over.
Some of the document stuffs a little slow, You can trim there.
How about flipping it, open with Barnes, then do the documents?
Keep it chronological.
- Mmhm.
- You've got three hours.

Originally Posted by GoesStation
At least three minutes longer than the allowed time. "Over" is short for something like over the limit.

4. ## Re: At least three over?

What makes you think it's about the TV programme "60 Minutes"?

To me, it's a conversation about someone making a film/documentary that can last 57 minutes maximum. The person is being given some suggestions as to how to "trim" it (make it shorter). They're then told they have three hours in which to make the requisite changes.

5. ## Re: At least three over?

Originally Posted by yaoxm88
as far as I understand that, the "60 minutes" there refers to a news program called "60 minutes" on CBS, rather than the actual number of the minutes,
The preceding question What's it running? tells us that it's about the running time of something.

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Right, the preceding question What's it running?

I think that tells the Name of the TV program, well, if that's what you explained as the Running time of it, when how come they didn't say: how long is it running?Also I watched that Movie Truth (2015), well, not the whole thing, just part of it, but that's how I understood, from my point of view.

I could be wrong, but am just curious how come "what" instead of "how long" could mean the length of something to native speakers?

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If you want to persist in your belief that it's about a TV show, feel free to go ahead with that belief despite the opinions of several native speakers.

8. ## Re: At least three over?

Thanks, but the question is more about "at least three over"? What does that mean?

But that brings about another question regarding "You've got three hours." My understanding is that they will have 3 hours for the 60 Minutes program this time, because normally it's just an one-hour program from 7 to 8 PM on sunday evening on CBS, but because this is big, so the superior made an exception and gave them an extra two hours this time.

Again, I could be wrong, especially if I misunderstood "what's it running?", or I could also be correct, because it can mean both things if the context is not taken into consideration?

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
What makes you think it's about the TV programme "60 Minutes"?

To me, it's a conversation about someone making a film/documentary that can last 57 minutes maximum. The person is being given some suggestions as to how to "trim" it (make it shorter). They're then told they have three hours in which to make the requisite changes.

9. ## Re: At least three over?

Right but then I can't understand what "at least three over" mean?
On the other hand, if I defer to your explanations, then I cannot understand why it's not "How long is it running?".

Anyway, thanks a lot, I can see I've used up a lot of your precious time, this might not be a good question.

It's 60 minutes, at least three over.

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
If you want to persist in your belief that it's about a TV show, feel free to go ahead with that belief despite the opinions of several native speakers.

10. ## Re: At least three over?

Originally Posted by yaoxm88
I cannot understand why it's not "How long is it running?".
The question word What shows the asker is thinking about the length of the film rather than the duration.
Think about the difference between these two questions:

What's the length of the film?
How long is the film?

If you can post a link to the relevant part of the film, we can tell for sure what is going on.

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