English Vocabulary

the initial 2 minute and 30 second phone call

Why not the 2 minutes and 30 seconds phone call?




  • I think that the "two minute and thirty second" coming before "phone call" is an adjective locution. Just as in "a nineteen-year girl", a "thrity-second waiting".
    I also think that it can be written with dashes: a 2-minute and 30-second phone call. Is it in American English that they use dashes? Maybe.

    But anyway that 2 minute and 30 second phone call lasted 2 minutes and thirty seconds.

    Thank you for your call, Gwendo

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