"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

Take note:

  • * minute (adj.) is pronounced as [mai-niut], not [mi-nit].
  • ** minutes (n.) is always plural, so don’t forget the “-s“.

Examples:

  1. I will be ready in five minutes [mi-nits], so please wait.
  2. The bacteria is so minute [mai-niut] that it could not be seen with a naked eye.
  3. 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! 😀

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Posted on February 4, 2010, in Word Power and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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