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Minutes walk to the building. or Minutes' walk to the building. or Minute's walk to the building.

As in it is several minutes walk to the building...

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    If it takes a minute, a minute's walk. If it takes several minutes, "a several minutes' walk". If it takes 5 minutes, "a five-minute walk/a five minutes' walk*
    – user140086
    Oct 15, 2015 at 5:56
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    @Rathony, I'm guessing you speak American English? Just "several minutes' walk" would be more common in the UK
    – Chris H
    Oct 15, 2015 at 7:14
  • @ChrisH How about a five-minutes' walk?
    – user140086
    Oct 15, 2015 at 7:23
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    @ChrisH I see your point. Well... Let's see whether others find them old-fashioned.
    – user140086
    Oct 15, 2015 at 7:54
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    Following "a three-course meal", I take "a thirty-minute walk" every day. I may be old fashioned, but I wouldn't contemplate "a thirty-minutes walk".
    – JHCL
    Oct 15, 2015 at 11:10

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You can use the apostrophe immediately after the s of minutes but need not add an extra s. That would be incorrect.

"Ten minutes' walk" is fine. "Ten minutes's walk" is incorrect.

Because it is a plural, adding another "s" is not correct.

So the answer is:

several minutes' walk to the building...

Possessives and apostrophes has some good rules and explanations for this.

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Standard orthography uses minutes' here. To see why, note that in the singular, we say "one minute's walk", not *"one minute walk". So we need the possessive form, which in the plural is minutes'.

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    "One minute walk" strikes me as impeccable Standard English. Albeit in writing, it is likely to be hyphenated.
    – RegDwigнt
    Oct 15, 2015 at 9:28
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    @RegDwigнt: That's different: you're thinking of "a one-minute walk" (note the "a"). For that one, we never pluralize "minute": "a ten-minute walk", not *"a ten-minutes walk".
    – ruakh
    Oct 15, 2015 at 14:40
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There is no difference between 'correct English' in the US or in the UK people. It is all English. Variations are colloquial corruptions. We are describing what kind of walk it is. That means the word minute functions as an adjective and adjectives never take an 's' and never require an apostrophe. Who says a twenty dollars bill or a ten pounds note???

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  • Hello, Jim. I'm happier with 'Just a minute's walk away is ....' than 'Just a minute walk away is ....' And there are plenty of examples to be found on the internet (admittedly not only for the Saxon genitive form I prefer here, but also for the singular-form (minute) attributive usage). And 'He is three foot/feet high' are both commonly used. Sep 17, 2022 at 11:38

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