Telling Time #3, by Dennis Oliver

 Telling time is important for daily conversation.Because telling time has its own rules, here is thethird Hint on this topic. 3. Telling Time in English:Quarter Hours and Half Hours A quarter hour (1/4 of an hour) is15 minutes, a half hour (1/2 of anhour) is 30 minutes, and three quartersof an hour (3/4 of an hour) is 45 minutes.There are special expressions for timegiven in quarter hours and half hours: What Time is It?

 It's 2:15. It's a quarter after 2. It's a quarter past 2.It's 15 minutes past 2.It's 15 past 2.It's 15 minutes after 2.It's 15 after 2. It's 2:30 It's half past two. It's 2:45 It's a quarter before 3. /It's a quarter until 3. /It's a quarter 'til 3. /It's a quarter to 3. /It's a quarter of 3. It's 15 minutes before /until / 'til / to / of 3. It's 15 before / until /'til / to / of 3.

Special Notes:

 1. In English, at the half hour (2:30, 9:30,11:30, etc.), we do not say "half + thenext hour" or "thirty before (etc.)the next hour or "half before (etc.) thenext hour": wrong: 5:30 = *half six / *thirtybefore (etc.) six / *half before (etc.) six right: 5:30 = half past five or five-thirty 2. In English, at 15 minutes before anhour (2:45, 7:30, 10:45, etc.), we donot say "15 minus (or less) the next hour": wrong: 7:45 = *eight less 15 or *eight minus 15 right: 7:45 = seven forty-five ora quarter / fifteen (minutes) before /until / 'til / to / of eight

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