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Let's say I am to watch a video where my friend is going to sing and the video is too long so I want to fast forward to the moment where he begings to sing, but I don't know what minute he sings in/at? What is the correct way to ask the question and what preposition do I use?

  • "Where (or when) does he begin singing?" . . . "At (or about*) minute 6." (or "At/about 6.0") – StoneyB on hiatus Feb 2 '18 at 22:07
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Both prepositions can be used, but the placement of the preposition plus the use of ordinals or numerals is crucial.

You can say:

He starts singing at the sixth minute

or you can say:

He starts singing six minutes in

That last one is a shortened form of, "He starts singing six minutes into the video."

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  • Is "six minutes into the video" not the seventh minute? – Drossel Feb 2 '18 at 23:31
  • @Drossel - Nope, the video starts at minute zero. Six minutes into the video means six minute have elapsed, so the counter would be at 6:00. That said, I get what you're driving at; one could say that 6:00 to 6:59 is the seventh minute of the video, because 0:00 to 0:59 is the first minute of the video. But I don't think that's the way people generally regard it. – J.R. Feb 2 '18 at 23:36
  • Right. I always forget that the first minute of video is two minutes long. – Drossel Feb 3 '18 at 5:18
  • Not really. The first minute of the video runs from 0:00 to 0:59; the second minute of the video runs from 1:00 to 1:59, etc. – J.R. Feb 4 '18 at 12:14

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