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L. K.
A minute's silence, a moment of silence or a minute of silence? I need to know which of these three options is the most used in English (I can imagine that it is different in the UK and in the US). Moreover I have also heard "a moment of silent reflection". Thanks!
Jul 14, 2019 10:31 AM
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They are all used just as much as each other! 'A moment of Silence' is probably used in that moment, like in a ceremony. Like it would be said as an instruction 'a moment of silence' and then everyone would do it. Whereas, 'a minute silence' would be in the sentence: 'let's join for a minutes silence'.
July 14, 2019
a minute of silence would be for mourning and a moment of since would be for a pause to reflect, i'd say?
July 16, 2019
I take no credit - it's a handy tool from google :) But I'm glad you like it.
July 14, 2019
U are awesome, Michael. I used to do the "exact match" search simply on Google.com, now I've learned something so cool from u: books.google.com. So I have a chart showing me the tendency of words with more details. Thank you so much!
July 14, 2019
OMG, I had no idea I could do that. How useful! Thank you so much, Michael.
July 14, 2019
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L. K.
Language Skills
English, French, German, Spanish
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English, German