"five more minutes" or "five minutes more"

marinesea

Senior Member
Hi everybody,

I'm confused about the place of 'more' in the following phrases:

"five more minutes", or should it be "five minutes more"?

"one more year", or "one year more"?

"three more years", or "three years more" etc.


Thank you for your help :)
 
  • el alabamiano

    Senior Member
    English (US)
    Both forms are correct. However, in my opinion, the first form reads easier, i. e. "five more minutes" and in the second, "five minutes more" would read better in poetic form:

    * Old Tired Granny

    "Five minutes more, just five minutes more",
    Said old, tired Granny, as she rolled over in bed
    And once again more, began to snore.

    * Not to be reprinted without the express written consent of el alaburma, no relation to Kirewakra's resident poet el alabamiano.

    el alaburma@norelation2elalabamiano.com
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    OK then, how come it always has to be me pointing out the connection with the ancient lyrics?

    Five minutes more - here.

    Give me five minutes more, only five minutes more
    Let me stay, let me stay in your arms

    I shouldn't add this bit, but "five minutes more" will inevitably bring that song to mind. So I could only say it if that association made sense.

    Thinking about the years, I would always say "... more years," not "... years more."

    I'm staying here for three more years.

    I'm staying here for three years more than Bill.
    ... is probably OK, but sounds strange because I would say ...
    I'm staying here for three years longer than Bill.
     

    *Cowgirl*

    Senior Member
    USA English
    panjandrum said:
    OK then, how come it always has to be me pointing out the connection with the ancient lyrics?

    Five minutes more - here.

    Give me five minutes more, only five minutes more
    Let me stay, let me stay in your arms

    I shouldn't add this bit, but "five minutes more" will inevitably bring that song to mind. So I could only say it if that association made sense. :tick: I agree.

    Thinking about the years, I would always say "... more years," not "... years more."

    I'm staying here for three more years.:tick:

    I'm staying here for three years more than Bill.
    ... is probably OK, but sounds strange because I would say ...
    I'm staying here for three years longer than Bill. I would still say three more years, not three years longer
     
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