This question's about the use of "into" here. Actually it's 8:20 pm and my favourite program would have started at 8:00pm. I know it's not natural to say:

Two minutes of my show's over.( Well, someone told me.)

But is the use of: It's 20 minutes already into the show. Natural?

Thank you:)


It's 20 minutes already into the show

I would move the word already so

It's already 20 minutes into the show


It's 20 minutes into the show already

20 minutes into the show is really a single unit of speech. Imagine replacing that with Tuesday afternoon. you wouldn't consider saying

it's Tuesday already afternoon

you would say

it's Tuesday afternoon already!


it's already Tuesday afternoon!

In the comments I was asked if this was a natural wording, and I would say yes it is I can fully imagine somebody saying it. I presume the person is speaking American English as in the UK things on the telly are called "programs" not "shows".

But honestly if I was talking to somebody about it I would say thing like:

We are already 20 mins in

We have missed 20 mins already

But I have been told I am a terrible communicator in everyday life

to expand upon the statement above "We are already 20 mins in" to expand this utterance into a sentence I would write formally: "Oh No the show started 20 minutes ago, we have missed so much of it.".

"We are" means that we have now been watching this for 20 mins.

  • So the use of "into" is natural right,after a few alterations (as suggested by you). I mean ,would you use it?
    – It's about English
    Jan 21 '19 at 15:05
  • I personally haven't used it, but it isn't an unnatural phrase.
    – WendyG
    Jan 21 '19 at 15:10
  • @It'saboutEnglish I have included what I would say "I would say thing like:"
    – WendyG
    Jan 21 '19 at 16:27
  • Oh, sorry I didn't read that! But what does "in" mean in your sentence? "We are already 20 min in."
    – It's about English
    Jan 21 '19 at 16:33
  • In is shorthand for "into the show"
    – WendyG
    Jan 21 '19 at 22:35

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