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Which one below is correct?

  1. (Something) added a few seconds ago
  2. (Something) added a few moments ago
  3. (Something) added a moment ago
  4. .....

Thanks!

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    The word "moment" is intentionally vague in terms of actual timespan. Depending on context, it could mean an imperceptible amount of time, a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a year, an eon ... ; in other words, it's all relative to whatever it's being compared with. There is no specific word in the English language which means "less than a minute", but "a moment ago" will do nicely if the context supports it. (BTW, "a" goes with singular words "a moment"; one would not say "a moments", plural).
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 24, 2014 at 15:34
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    Leading on from @Dan's point, it's not particularly common to pluralise moments in such contexts. It's such an imprecise term there's rarely any need to say a couple of moments - and because we invariably mean a short time, it would usually be inappropriate to work against that meaning by introducing the concept of several short (but imprecisely-defined) periods added together. Loc Ha - in practice most of us would probably use just now anyway. Oct 24, 2014 at 15:56
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    "Just now" is another common phrase that can be used in this situation. Like "a moment ago", it's imprecise about how much time is meant.
    – The Photon
    Oct 24, 2014 at 20:54

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They are all correct. If you were to be designing a system that identified that something was added less than a minute ago you might also use:

(Something) added less than a minute ago
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  • Thank you! You are correct. I am designing a application
    – Loc
    Oct 24, 2014 at 16:37
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Thank you @The photon. I think "Just now" is the answer in my context - want to say something created/happened at a point less than 1 minute ago.

It happened just now!
It created just now!
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The exact phrase would be:

(Something) added <number of seconds> seconds ago. 

i.e. "New item added 34 seconds ago."

Many applications use this alternatively to "less than a minute ago". See Dropbox for example. Synchronization changes will be shown in seconds (under a minute).

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