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Atatürk
Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2019 5:49:07 AM

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Within a matter of decades


What's the significance of "matter" in the above? What does it add to the meaning of the phrase?

Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum!
BobShilling
Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2019 6:33:39 AM
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You use matter in expressions such as 'a matter of weeks' when you are emphasizing how small an amount is or how short a period of time is.

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2019 7:42:28 AM

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Josib Broz Stalin declared, in 1939, that it's only a matter of time when Soviet Union would take Finland. It didn't happen. It was aa matter of Will.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
palapaguy
Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2019 11:46:23 AM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Josib Broz Stalin declared, in 1939, that it's only a matter of time when Soviet Union would take Finland. It didn't happen. It was aa matter of Will.


But anyway ... it doesn't matter now. Whistle
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