Set/set up a timer(or reminder)

English nerd

Senior Member
I am taking a test for 3 hrs,so I:
Set/set up a timer for three hours.

What should be used :set/set up?
I guess "set up a timer" sounds better. Am I right?

And what about a reminder?
Do we set up/set a reminder.

I guess "set up" should be used here too(that's what I think, atleast)

Thank you :)
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    You set an alarm, a timer, a reminder or a clock.

    Are you taking a three-hour test (duration) or is the test in three hours (start time, relative to now)?

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    So so can't "set up" be used too?
    It depends on the situation. If you have a timer that you are going to put on your desk and you want it to time three hours so you know how long you have got left, then it is "set". If you are putting a big timer in the room so everyone can see it, securing it to the wall or suspending it from the ceiling, connecting up a power supply and so on, then it is "set up". You could even set up the timer (get it installed and working) and then set it (to time three hours), but "set up" hardly applies to putting a timer on a desk.
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