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Old May 07, 2010, 12:17 PM
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Unos minutos

Durante unos minutos no sabía si decir...

For a few minutes I didn't know whether to say...

May I say "for some minutes" instead?

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Old May 07, 2010, 12:24 PM
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After a few minutes, I didn't know what to say.
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Old May 07, 2010, 12:32 PM
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My book says "for a few minutes", but I wrote "for some minutes".
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My book says "for a few minutes", but I wrote "for some minutes".
Yes, you could say that, it would be correct. Having said that, I would say "for a few minutes".

I can't agree with @poli about "after..." but then maybe this is another dialect issue.
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My book says "for a few minutes", but I wrote "for some minutes".
for a few minutes
por unos pocos minutos

for some minutes
por algunos minutos

durante unos/algunos minutos/ ...durando algunos minutos...
during some minutes
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"For/during some minutes" is understood, but clumsy. "For some time" is good
English, but suggests a longer time frame than this context requires.

"For a few minutes" and "After a few minutes" are both correct, but
have different shades of meaning. Like "For a short time I didn't know
whether to say...and after a few minutes had gone by I did know what
to say (or still didn't).
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"For some minutes" me parece connotar más tiempo que "For a few minutes".
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I would say......

For a few minutes instead of for some minutes.

For some minutes doesn't quite sound "natural" to me.

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Durante unos minutos no sabía si decir...

For a few minutes I didn't know whether to say...

May I say "for some minutes" instead?

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I'm going the second choice.

For some minutes, I will be there with you
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I say a few minutes.

makes more sense
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