Are there two both correct?

Do you have ten minutes free to discuss research paper?

Do you have free ten minutes to discuss research paper?

Does "have ten minutes free" means "have ten minutes which is free"?

or it just means "have something in a particular state"?

with the form of Verb + Noun + Adjective

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    Personally, I find both orders acceptable (except that you can't spell minutes!), but I would say "a free ten minutes" (meaning "a free period of about 10 min."). Commented Jan 24, 2023 at 9:32
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    I don't find the second version remotely acceptable without the indefinite article. Personally I don't like the second format with specific numbers of minutes anyway (and a few free minutes and a free few minutes both sound awful to me), but it's perfectly natural with, say, Do you have a free half-hour to discuss this? Commented Jan 24, 2023 at 13:48

2 Answers 2


You can say:

  • a free ten minutes
  • ten free minutes
  • ten minutes free

"Free ten minutes" lacks a determiner at the start of the noun phrase; you would need to say "ten free minutes."

Regardless, "ten minutes free" is the idiomatic expression.

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