(the) clock's running

Discussion in 'English Only' started by VicNicSor, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. VicNicSor

    VicNicSor Senior Member

    Russia
    Russian
    I saw in one thread these explanations:
    In the movie Tango & Cash, in the context of a time limit, Gabe says "Clock's running, Ray. Let's go."
    Is it idiomatic to just drop the article in speech in this expression?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Yes — dropping the article is very common in speech in lots of expressions.

    (In BE, 'the clock's ticking' is the usual expression.)
     
  3. VicNicSor

    VicNicSor Senior Member

    Russia
    Russian
    Thank you.
     
  4. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    In AE, it would also be "the clock's ticking", not "running"—although there's a similar expression, "the meter's running". There's also "time's running out".
     
  5. VicNicSor

    VicNicSor Senior Member

    Russia
    Russian
    Thank you!
     

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