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    Hello, teachers.
    I have a simple question about number. Does "6" in the following paragraph mean "6 minutes"?

    As he picked up his hat, he considered his engagements for the day; 1
    P.M., lunch with Peggy Rhinelander _et al._ at the Colony; a dull bunch
    but the food would be good; ought to be able to get away by 2:30. Then
    home for a good sleep. This afternoon nap was Mike's secret. He posed
    as a superman who didn't require more than three hours' sleep in the
    twenty-four. 5 P.M. cocktails at the Alexanders'; 6 would be plenty of
    time to get there. Half an hour was enough for the Alexanders.
    ("Sinfully Rich" from Project Gutenberg Australia)

    I am curious to know because people in my country usually use round numbers in an expression like this such as "5 minutes would be plenty of time to get there" or "I could get there within ten minutes". I appreciate your help very much.

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    Re: number

    It seems to be that he plans to get there at 6 pm, even though the invitation was for 5 pm because he doesn't want to spend much time with them.

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    Re: number

    I see. I was totally mistaken. Thank you very much.

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