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I want to reply to my professor by email. I want to ask him to give me a week to read more, and I also want to tell him I found a basic paper. Is basic correct in these sentences? I want to say the main paper all other papers referred to. How about:

I found a basic paper for this.

Also, how should I ask for more time?

I want to take one week time to learn more about this.

  • Welcome to ELL! I polished the grammar in your question a little bit. Can you check if the content of your main questions haven't changed? Thanks. – M.A.R. May 2 '15 at 19:47
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the main paper all other papers referred to.

This is often called a seminal paper. This is the 4th definition at dictionary.reference.com:

  1. Highly original and influencing the development of future events.

As for your other question,

How should I ask for more time?

A better way to say this is, "I want to take one more week to learn about this".

  • I think it would be better to say, "I want to take one more week to learn about this," rather than "I want to take one week time." – J.R. May 4 '15 at 1:56
  • @J.R., yes you're right. Edited. – The Photon May 4 '15 at 2:37

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