native English speakers, I have something to ask.
May 24, 2009 11:32am CST
there is an easy sentence I am not really sure what it means. 'I will be there in 5 minutes.' does it mean that within 5 minutes, 1,2,3,4 or 5 minute? or it means after 5 minutes, such as 5,6,7 or more? From my understanding, it means after 5 minutes.
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29 May 09
I think it pretty much means that it can go either way. It can be within 5 minutes or it can be after. Most likely it means the latter one, unless the person saying it is ultra reliable. In that case they will be there in 5 minutes or less, unless they get stuck in traffic! Same thing can be said when someone says "just a second" or "just a minute". It's confusing, I know. It confuses the heck out of me and here my native tongue is English! But that's probably because when someone gives me a specific time frame I expect them to be there.