"minute" vs. "minutes"
One minute here, the next minute there. Where am I heading eh? Isn’t “minutes” the plural for “minute“? Well, yes and no.
- minute (n.) – unit of time which equals to 60 seconds
- * minute (adj.) – very tiny
- ** minutes (n.) – a written record of what is said at a meeting
- * minute (adj.) is pronounced as [mai-niut], not [mi-nit].
- ** minutes (n.) is always plural, so don’t forget the “-s“.
- I will be ready in five minutes [mi-nits], so please wait.
- The bacteria is so minute [mai-niut] that it could not be seen with a naked eye.
- The minutes of the meeting must be distributed within two weeks. (√)
The minute of the meeting must be distributed within two weeks. (X)
Do you have a minute to help me read the minutes of the previous meeting? The secretary’s handwriting is so minute that I need a magnifying glass to read it! 😀