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The clock on the wall shows 2:30.

Americans say it's two-thirty.

British people say it's half past two or half after two.

Can we also say it's half to three?

Please advise.

LCChang
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It is 30 minutes to 3.
I would use it this way if this moment (3 o'clock) was of great importance - they launch a rocket to the Sun.

Inchoate
Hi guys,

It is 30 minutes to 3. This is not a natural expression.

For NASA and its rockets, airline schedules, etc. they use the 24-hour clock, and would say 'fourteen thirty'.

Best wishes, Clive
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British people say "two-thirty", "half two", and "half past two"; but I don't believe I've ever heard "half after two".

MrP
Do you say "Quarter after two" or "Quater to three" if it's 2:15 and 2:45, respectively?
Not "quarter after"¹, but "quarter past"; and yes, "quarter to".

Don't you?

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MrP

¹ There may be parts of the UK where they say "quarter after two", etc. I don't know what they get up to on all those little islands, for instance.
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LMAO - all those little islands.

I'm more likely to say "quater after" than "quarter past," but I'll say either. Also, "five of" in addition to "five to."

Divided by a common language, indeed.
Hi,

"five of" in addition to "five to." I'll have to remember that. I never know if 'five of' refers to 'before' or 'after'.

Clive
It's interesting to see the conversation between Americans and British people in terms of expressing time. I 've learned, thanks.

LCChang
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