I tried to do it in short and completed my exercise in fifteen minutes.

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1) The exercises that have been given to me by doctors take about half an hour to complete. Today I was getting late so I tried to do it in short and completed my exercise in fifteen minutes.

2) The story was long but I told them it in short.



Please check my sentences.
 

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No, you're not using "in short" correctly. The phrase usually comes at the start of a sentence which summarises some things that have already been said.

I have a cat, two dogs, three parrots, two guinea pigs and four rats. In short, I have a lot of pets!
 

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No, you're not using "in short" correctly. The phrase usually comes at the start of a sentence which summarises some things that have already been said.

I have a cat, two dogs, three parrots, two guinea pigs and four rats. In short, I have a lot of pets!

So, what is the correct way of saying what I want to say? Could you please check my sentences?
 

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1. My exercises take half an hour. Today, I was a bit late starting them so I tried to cram them into fifteen minutes. (This suggests you tried to do all the exercise but at twice the normal speed.)
My exercises take half an hour. Today, I was running a bit late so I shortened the session to fifteen minutes. (This might mean you tried to do all the exercises in half the time, or you did all the exercises only half as many times as you're supposed to, or you only did half the exercises.)

2. The story was long but I shortened it for them.
 
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