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    "difference from ... to"?

    I've came across this following sentence:
    "There are two minutes difference from four to two to two to two, from two to two to two, too"
    I think it should be two-minute and difference "between...and"
    What do you think about this?


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    Re: "difference from ... to"?

    Quote Originally Posted by linhtho0211 View Post
    I've came across this following sentence:
    "There are two minutes difference from four to two to two to two, from two to two to two, too"
    I think it should be two-minute and difference "between...and"
    What do you think about this?
    As a stand-alone sentence, better to rephrase as "There is a two-minute difference from four minutes to two to two minutes to two, from two minutes to two to two o'clock, too."

    If part of a larger text, it would be clear from the context. There is also a missing apostrophe: "two minutes' difference"


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    Re: "difference from ... to"?

    There is also a missing apostrophe: "two minutes' difference"

    Anglika: Are you sure?

    Isn't 'two minutes' being used as an adjective, as in ' small difference'?


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    Re: "difference from ... to"?

    I thought about this for a long time. Because there is no context, but the sentence seems to continue from something, I think there probably should be an apostrophe. It would be a help if the poster could tell us more.

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    Re: "difference from ... to"?

    Quote Originally Posted by linhtho0211 View Post
    I've came across this following sentence:
    "There are two minutes difference from four to two to two to two, from two to two to two, too"
    I think it should be two-minute and difference "between...and"
    What do you think about this?
    The only change I'd make is:
    "There is a two minute difference from four to two to two to two, and from two to two to two, too"
    But there's no point writing it so that it's more easily understandable, since the whole purpose of the sentence is to be a puzzle, and it's no doubt meant to be spoken.

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