the_panic_light (the_panic_light) wrote in linguaphiles,
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The removal of "or" - OR - the removal of "between" and "and"...

Earlier on I wanted to ask my mother if she would drive me to a friend's house in between 15 and 20 minutes' time. However, in natural speech (at least, for me, Scottish native speaker of English) this came out:

"Mum, can I get a lift to X's house in fifteen twenty minutes?"

Which...obviously doesn't make any sense written down. All that has happened is that I should have said "fifteen or twenty minutes" or possibly most accurately, "between fifteen and twenty minutes".

What I'd like to know is, how do you eloquent this in your native language, or any languages you know? Or if you want to talk about English, is it different in your dialect? As far as foreign languages go, I'd be most interested in Japanese or Chinese, but I'm interested to hear any! Thanks!
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