11 minutes into the flight

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  • redgiant

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    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    Thanks nzfauna

    So, "15 minutes into a test" means 15 minutes after a test started
    "15 minutes into a journey" means 15 minutes after a journey started, right?
     

    entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    It tends to be used for interruptions, I think. I would be unlikely* to say that 15 minutes into the journey I still hadn't done up my seat belt, or I had already seen three ambulances. But 15 minutes into the (radio/TV) programme, or the ballet performance, or the test, something happened: the power went off, or the fire alarm rang. Or something bad happened in or to the aeroplane, as is implied though not stated by your sentence.

    * Oh, I don't know. These sound okay, I suppose.
     
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