[Grammar] which one is true? one more minute or one minute more

Status
Not open for further replies.

mortezarahmani

New member
Joined
Oct 4, 2010
Member Type
Student or Learner
Hello dear teacher
I have a problem and it is that when we use "one minute more" and when "one more minute"?

best regards
Morteza Rahmani:up:
 

2006

Banned
Joined
Apr 9, 2007
Member Type
Other
Native Language
English
Home Country
Canada
Current Location
Canada
Hello dear teacher
I have a problem, and that is when do we use "one minute more" and when do we use "one more minute"?

best regards
Morteza Rahmani:up:
Both are correct and have the same meaning. The second is more commonly used.
 

kenkk2

Junior Member
Joined
Sep 17, 2010
Member Type
Other
Hello dear teacher
I have a problem and it is that when we use "one minute more" and when "one more minute"?

best regards
Morteza Rahmani:up:
Not a teacher.
We all use and hear:" one more minute".
We hardly do with "one minute more". However, as far as I am concerned, I would say:" Wait for me one more minute, will you?" when asking someone who has been waiting for me.
" I cannot wait for one minute more !" I would say that after having been waiting for someone an hour..and i now feel too impatient to be kept waiting, even for " one more minute". so, i guess " One minute more" could be used and mostly in negation. More here is a pronoun while in "One more minute", More is an adjective.
 
Last edited:

Barb_D

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Mar 12, 2007
Member Type
Other
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Hello dear teacher
I have a problem and it is that when we use "one minute more" and when "one more minute"?

best regards
Morteza Rahmani:up:

Hi, and welcome to Using English.

Please note that you have made a mistake that many, many English learners make. You asked "Which one is true?" The correct form is "Which one is correct?"

Proper grammar is correct.
Something that is "true" is factually correct.

For example:
I is 44 year is grammatically incorrect, but factually true.
I am 23 years old is grammatically correct, but factually untrue.
 
Last edited:

Pedroski

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2009
Member Type
Other
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
China
I have a problem and it is that when we use "one minute more" and when "one more minute"?

Wait one minute, please.
Wait one more minute, please. more an adjective. 'What kind of minute?' 'A greater than one minute'
Wait one minute more, please. more an adverb 'Wait how?' Wait more.

'more' is only a pronoun when used as a subject or object:

More will be arriving soon. Would you like some more?

'more' is very flexible, use it as you like!
 

kenkk2

Junior Member
Joined
Sep 17, 2010
Member Type
Other
I have a problem and it is that when we use "one minute more" and when "one more minute"?

Wait one minute, please.
Wait one more minute, please. more an adjective. 'What kind of minute?' 'A greater than one minute'
Wait one minute more, please. more an adverb 'Wait how?' Wait more.

'more' is only a pronoun when used as a subject or object:

More will be arriving soon. Would you like some more?

'more' is very flexible, use it as you like!
Thankyou very much Pedroski !..but I am still confused :
-" Thankyou, i couldn't eat any more".
-" What more can i say?".
-" We need a few more"
-" It'll take three more".
"More" above are Pronoun according to Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary. just think "What", "Three"...are Adjectives,then what if we place another adjective ( or Noun functions as an adjective) :" It'll take three minutes more", then "More" is still a pronoun, right?
Here "More" works as an adverb to answer " How" : "It had more the appearance of a deliberate crime than an accident".
" Please, repeat it once more".
" Try and concentrate more on your work".
EVEN YOU ARE RIGHT OR WRONG( deep inside, I think you are 90% right, but i am not sure), I STILL LOVE TO HAVE YOUR EXPLANATION AGAIN, YOURS HERE IS EXCELLENT TO ME ALREADY, JUST SOMETHING CONFUSES ME..I am an old man who loves to learn more and love to be corrected, I appreciate it very much whatever you are doing.
 
Last edited:

Pedroski

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2009
Member Type
Other
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
China
Basically, this just shows the flexibility of 'more', which is really a comparative adverb/adjective. All words change their status: even personal pronouns can become determiners: 'We English'
Thank you, I couldn't eat any more (fish than I have already eaten) ". In the absence of a noun, more takes its place.
-" What more (words than I have already said) can I say?". ditto
-" We need a few more (plates than we already have)" ditto
-" It'll take three more (minutes) (visits)". three a quantifier, more an adjective/quantifier.
It'll take three minutes more (time)" more a quantifier without a noun. Since you can't have 'a more', it is hard to analyse 'more' here as a noun, cf 'take three minutes'. So what is 'more' doing here? In the absence of 'more time than we said' I would analyse it as 'take longer by three minutes' 'more' 'longer' here being adverbs of manner/comparison.
It will take more (money) (than that). more a comparative adjective, but there is no second comparee. Either accept ellipsis, or analyse it as an adverb of manner
It had more (of) the appearance of a deliberate crime than (the appearance of) an accident". more a comparative adverb comparee 1 'the appearance' comparee 2 'an accident'
" Please, repeat it once more". Please repeat it again. 'again' 'once more' adverbials
" Try and concentrate more on your work". Try and concentrate precisely on your work. 'more' 'precisely' adverbs.

I don't pretend to be right, I just tell you how I see it. I'm sure you're not too old! Do you still turn your head when you see a beautiful girl??
 

TheParser

VIP Member
Joined
Dec 8, 2009
Member Type
Other
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Hello dear teacher
I have a problem and it is that when we use "one minute more" and when "one more minute"?

best regards
Morteza Rahmani:up:

NOT A TEACHER

(1) Thank you, Mr. Rahmani, for asking this question.

(2) Thank you, Kenkk2 and Pedroski, for your fascinating exchange about

the word more, which has always confused me. I have learned a lot from

your discussion.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top