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Kwiziq community member
7 November 2018
In a writing challenge - I'll be five minutes at most.
In "I can't find my shirt!" this sentence -I'll be 5 minutes at most.- was translated as - J'en ai pour 5 minutes maximum.-
Can someone explain this translation? Is it an expression? I am not familiar with this construction. My translation was "Je reviens dans cinq minutes au maximum." Would this translation be acceptable?
Kwiziq language super star
13 November 2018
En avoir pour, + time
is an idiomatic expression meaning how long it will take you to do something.
Je passe chez elle, j'en ai pour une heure = I am popping to hers, I'll be about an hour/ it will take about an hour
Je n'en ai pas pour longtemps = I won't be long
A French person would not use what you suggest to convey the same thing. People would understand what you mean however...
Hope this helps!
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