n'avoir qu'un petit moment pour faire

MakeEachDayCount

Senior Member
français-France
Hello,
Nous n'avions qu'un petit moment pour faire les magasins.
We only had a little (short?) while to do some shopping.
I also prefer "while" to "moment". Am I right?
Thanks in advance.
 
  • Language Hound

    Senior Member
    American English
    Like Newg, I prefer "time" here to "while" or "moment."
    I would say something like We only had one hour for shopping/to go shopping.
    However, if the specific amount of time is not specified, I personally would naturally say:
    We didn't have much time for shopping/to go shopping or, as Newg suggested above:
    We had little time to go shopping/for shopping.
     

    Zagga

    Member
    British English
    "We didn't have much time to go shopping" is probably your best bet.
    "We didn't have much time for shopping" would imply that shopping was not on your list of priorities.
     

    Language Hound

    Senior Member
    American English
    "We didn't have much time for shopping" would imply that shopping was not on your list of priorities.
    I respectfully disagree.
    At least in AE, if you say
    We didn't have much time for shopping/sightseeing/visiting friends/dining in fine restaurants/etc.,
    it doesn't necessarily imply that these activities were not on your list of priorities.
    It could well be that you would have liked to have spent three hours shopping but only had one hour.

    I could especially see saying "We didn't have much time for shopping"
    in the context of an organized tour where the structured schedule
    allows for only a brief period of "free time" to shop.
     

    MakeEachDayCount

    Senior Member
    français-France
    Thank you Language Hound. I opted for "We didn't have much time for shopping" since it fits the context very well. (organised tour)
     
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