Quarter to-quarter past

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Definition

(-What time is it?) -It's (a) quarter to 9:00: (-What time is it?) - It's 15 minutes before 9:00 (8:45 or 20:45)
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(-What time is it?) -It's (a) quarter past 5: (-What time is it?) - It's 15 minutes after 5 (5:15 or 17:15)
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Examples

  • "Bob : But it's only a quarter to 2:00!"
  • "But it's only a quarter to one!"
  • "Brian : Half twelve, quarter to one, I think."
  • "Make sure you bring your wallets with you too, as I will be leaving the office at a quarter past 5:00 to buy a present for him."
  • "Bruno : Lastly, on Thursday from 11.45pm until a quarter past midnight, please record the best cooking show on TV – "Sex in the Kitchen"."

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