You have maximum time.

I'd like to use this sentence in song lyrics to convey the meaning that you have a significant amount of time and opportunity. Does it sound natural and easily understood?

  • It seems to mean "you have lots of time" but it's hard to be more precise than that - does it mean eternity, lots of time, or merely quite a bit? It's not a standard idiom but that's ok, you can use any expression you like in song lyrics.
    – Stuart F
    Apr 5 at 8:52
  • 'Have a maximum time' is quite a bit more common than 'have maximum time'. 'Have maximal time' is certainly grammatical but sounds rarefied to outlandish in most registers. 'You have ample time' is of course highly idiomatic, but sounds weak in lyrics. '... all the time in the world' is doubtless best ... but has been widely recognised as such. Apr 5 at 10:49
  • The lyric does not directly convey you hold a significant amount of years and opportunity to get what you want. You have to set that up around it. By itself, it could mean you reached your end, time's up, three password tries and you're locked out. Apr 5 at 12:39
  • Please edit to show that you have looked up "maximum" in a dictionary, what you found there, and how it doesn't fully answer your needs. It means more than "significant." Voting to close for lacking enough explanation and because simple proofreading questions or questions about the meaning of a word are off-topic here. Apr 5 at 16:14
  • I really wish ELU wouldn't migrate questions like these. It's like they are dumping them here. Apr 6 at 7:33

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But what is the 'maximum' time? Maximum means the greatest amount permitted but that implies that a limit is imposed. So what is the limit? Who imposes it? Lyrics and poetry allow you to be playful with language, but this doesn't really make sense.

Louis Armstrong sang "we have all the time in the world". That's obviously hyperbole, but it doesn't pose the same grammatical questions because the scope/limit is defined within the phrase. How much time? All the time. All the time where? All the time in the world.

If you don't mean to impose a limit, then say unlimited, endless, or infinite time.

If you mean lots of time then say ample, abundant, or plenty of time.

  • It does sound like something from a video game "Player One, you have maximum time!" Not something from a poetic song about life.
    – Stuart F
    May 6 at 14:49

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