about/almost the same time

rituparnahoymoy

Senior Member
Assamese -India
Two people completed a task.There wasn't much difference in time which they took to complete the task.

I want to say, "both of them completed the task at about the same time".

or

I want to say, "both took about the same time to complete the task.

Now I am confused whether "about" or "almost" fit here.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    [They] both took about the same time to complete the task. :tick::thumbsup:
    [They] both took almost/virtually/approximately/roughly/much the same time to complete the task. :tick:
     

    suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    Saying that they finished AT the same time doesn’t tell us if they took the same time or not. One might have started much earlier.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Is my first sentence wrong?
    No, it’s fine (but I agree with suzi about the difference in meaning).

    I was replying to your question as to whether you should use about or almost — but I missed out nearly as yet another possibility.

    However, in my view almost and nearly are more appropriate for your first sentence than for your second.
     
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