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Which is correct ? Five minutes until eight or five minutes of eight ?
It's five minutes to eight.
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I don't disagree that "to" is correct, but Americans will also say "of."
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Grammar GeekI don't disagree that "to" is correct, but Americans will also say "of."
Hi Barbara

What does "of" stand for? The preposition 'to' is self-explanatory.
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I don't know - we just say it that way.

It's five of eight.

I'll see you there about quarter of.
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I don't know - we just say it that way.

It's five of eight.

I'll see you there about quarter of.

Hi Barbara

I remember reading 'of the clock', an American usage.
Not literally "of the clock," no. Of the HOUR. Like I said, five of eight
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Hi,

It's five of eight.

When people say this to me, I never know which they mean, 'to' or 'after/past'. I have to ask.Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive
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"Eight o'clock" - Does o' stand for 'of''? (I remember reading that o' stands for 'of'.)
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