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Is this sentence correct:


"The accident happened at the dawn of 2 July, by 00:40."


Note: '00:40' is supposed to be the time when the accident happened.


Is it correct to say 'dawn' to refer to the period after midnight?


If not, is there a term for this time of the day?

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Christine Christie2 July, by 00:40.

Somewhere near the North Pole, I assume? Emotion: smile

Christine ChristieIs it correct to say 'dawn' to refer to the period after midnight?

No. Dawn is the period when there is light in the sky about an hour before the sun rises. By my rough calculations, that might happen at 00:40 only very far north on July 2.

Christine ChristieThe accident happened at the dawn of 2 July, by 00:40.

If you give an exact time, there is no need to give an approximate time as well. It's like saying "at some time in the morning at 9:42". Emotion: surprise

The accident happened on July 2 at 12:40 am. (AmE)

CJ

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Christine ChristieIs it correct to say 'dawn' to refer to the period after midnight?

No. From 12 to about three you can say "the wee hours" or "the wee, small hours" of July second.