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dido4



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:14 am    Post subject: in a few minutes Reply with quote

1. The bus will come in a few minutes.
2. The bus will come a few minutes later.

Q1. Are these 2 sentences correct?
Q2. What are the differences between these two sentences?
Q3. in a few minutes; a few minutes later
Are there any differences between these two phrases?
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Lorikeet



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:24 pm    Post subject: Re: in a few minutes Reply with quote

dido4 wrote:
1. The bus will come in a few minutes.
2. The bus will come a few minutes later.

Q1. Are these 2 sentences correct?
Q2. What are the differences between these two sentences?
Q3. in a few minutes; a few minutes later
Are there any differences between these two phrases?


Both sentences are correct.

The first one means the bus will come a few minutes from now (the time we are speaking)

The second one is not as clear because you don't know what the few minutes later refers to. For example:

The taxi will come first and the bus will come a few minutes later. (a few minutes after the taxi)

We can finish eating dinner at the restaurant and the bus will come a few minutes later. (A few minutes after we finish eating.)

If we start walking, the bus will come a few minutes later. (a few minutes after we start walking.)
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dido4



Joined: 23 Dec 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:35 pm    Post subject: Re: in a few minutes Reply with quote

Thank you!


Lorikeet wrote:
dido4 wrote:
1. The bus will come in a few minutes.
2. The bus will come a few minutes later.

Q1. Are these 2 sentences correct?
Q2. What are the differences between these two sentences?
Q3. in a few minutes; a few minutes later
Are there any differences between these two phrases?


Both sentences are correct.

The first one means the bus will come a few minutes from now (the time we are speaking)

The second one is not as clear because you don't know what the few minutes later refers to. For example:

The taxi will come first and the bus will come a few minutes later. (a few minutes after the taxi)

We can finish eating dinner at the restaurant and the bus will come a few minutes later. (A few minutes after we finish eating.)

If we start walking, the bus will come a few minutes later. (a few minutes after we start walking.)
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