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    Sentence with "New York minute"

    New York minute (USA) If something happens in a New York minute, it happens very fast.
    Hi, I am not very sure the proper usage of " New York minute". Does the following sentence in blue make sense? Thank you!

    e.g. Shanghai is a high-pressure metropolis, and people here work and eat in a New York minute.

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    Re: Sentence with "New York minute"

    I don't think so, mate.

    Johnny Carson once described a New York Minute as being the time it takes "From the (traffic) lights to turn green, till the guy behind you starts honking his horn"


    New York minute
    Noun
    1. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
    (synonym) blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink
    (hypernym) moment, minute, second, bit

    A New York minute is a very short period of time, sometimes significantly shorter than sixty seconds, and sometimes a form of hyperbole for "perhaps faster than you would believe is possible". The term refers to the common perception that New York City is very busy, with much happening at all hours of the day, and people often in a hurry and likely to be impatient.

    Credit to Babylon and Wikipedia.

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    Re: Sentence with "New York minute"

    Hi amigo, I got the definition from this BBS. What do you refer to ?

    https://www.usingenglish.com/referen...rk+minute.html
    Last edited by BobK; 21-May-2008 at 09:39. Reason: Fixed link - BobK

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    Re: Sentence with "New York minute"

    Hello mate

    Babylon and Wikipedia are the websites I got the info from, as stated in my post. To be more precise:

    New York minute | English | Dictionary & Translation by Babylon

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    New York minute (time) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Anyway, both definitions are OK, only you have used "New York minute" with a different meaning. You can't "work and eat in a New York Minute".
    You could say "You stop working at lunchtime and in a New York minute you're at work again!"
    Last edited by Kraken; 21-May-2008 at 09:39. Reason: Adding info.

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    Re: Sentence with "New York minute"

    Hola amigo, they're okay. Thanks!

    I want someone to confirm whether the sentence in blue I made is proper or not.

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    Re: Sentence with "New York minute"

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi amigo, I got the definition from this BBS. What do you refer to ?

    New York minute - UsingEnglish.com
    That definition doesn't give the whole story; one-liners seldom do! Take Kraken's word for it.

    b

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    Re: Sentence with "New York minute"

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi, I am not very sure the proper usage of " New York minute". Does the following sentence in blue make sense? Thank you!

    e.g. Shanghai is a high-pressure metropolis, and people here work and eat in a New York minute.
    Hi, Daff!

    You are on the right track but there is something that just doesn't sound pleasing to my native ear! You have the correct concept, though! Perhaps adding greater comparison would do the trick: Shanghai is a high-pressure metropolis, and people here work and eat [as if they lived] in a New York minute.

    Maybe it's trying to put an 8 hour work day into a 'New York minute' that troubles me! Usually, a New York minute refers to short bursts of activity rather than tasks that require several hours to complete.

    Cheers,
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    Re: Sentence with "New York minute"

    Once again, my slow typing has put me behind in posting time! While I am plugging away at the keyboard, others are posting similar thoughts! I apologize for the redundancy of my comments when compared to those of the more accomplished typists in the group!

    Amigo

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    Don't apologize mate, I guess we all feel like that sometimes.

    It's happened to me many many times

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    Re: Sentence with "New York minute"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraken View Post
    Don't apologize mate, I guess we all feel like that sometimes.

    It's happened to me many many times
    Thanks for the support, Kraken! In the future I will try to locate the keys a little faster!!!

    Amigo

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