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20 seconds flat! #1 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 22:07 pm   20 seconds flat!
 

Hi

Could you please tell me the meaning of flat in the given sentence?

1-Flopping down on the empty bed beside mine, he was snoring peacefully in 20 seconds flat."

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20 seconds flat! #2 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 22:11 pm   20 seconds flat!
 

Hi Tom

20 seconds flat means exactly 20 seconds and not even one fraction of a second longer.

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20 seconds flat! #3 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 22:17 pm   20 seconds flat!
 

So fast :!: :!: :shock: Thank you a lot.

Amy, could you please see if the given sentences are correct?

1- He came back in one hour flat.
2- He came back in one hour nothing.
3- She is twenty years flat.
4- She is twenty years nothing.

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20 seconds flat! #4 (permalink) Tue Jun 06, 2006 22:27 pm   20 seconds flat!
 

Hi Tom

Forget about sentences 2, 3 +4. :shock: They're not good. Sentence 1 is possible, but the word flat is most typically used with seconds and minutes. It's usually associated with a surprisingly short or fast period of time.

Amy

EDIT:

You could say She's twenty-something. And that simply means She's in her twenties.
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