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  1. The bus leaves in ten minutes.
  2. The bus leaves in the next ten minutes.

Do the sentences mean the same thing?

Do they mean that

  • The bus leaves immediately after 10 minutes.
  • The bus leaves within 10 minutes; maybe after 1 minute, maybe after 2 minutes, ...
  • Your comprehension of these expressions is spot on! Well done @Vronsky ! – P. E. Dant Oct 7 '16 at 23:57
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You are correct in understanding

The bus leaves in ten minutes.
the bus leaves ten minutes from now, not before, not after

The bus leaves in the next ten minutes.
the bus leaves within ten minutes, but no more than ten minutes

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