# Half Past Twelve?

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what does that means?

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It usually means 12:30 AM or PM (halfway between one 12 o'clock and 1 o'clock).
thank you for the helping

how can i say 9:30? other way rather than half past nine

and can i use it "after" instead of a "past"? same things?

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thank you for the helping

how can i say 9:30? other way rather than half past nine

You can say "nine thirty." (Just say the numbers, but pronounce what's to the left of the colon [:] as a single number and what's to the right of the colon [:] as another number. In other words, don't say "nine, three, zero," or "nine hundred and thirty," when you are telling time.)

And if it is 9:35, then people usually say "nine thirty five." (You might hear someone say "25 to/of/until/before 10.")

For 9:45, people can say several things: nine forty five; 15 (minutes) to (of, until, before) 10; a quarter to (of, until) 10

(9:45 = nine forty five = 15 minutes to 10 = 15 minutes of 10 = 15 minutes until 10 = 15 minutes before 10 = a quarter to/of/until 10)

The 15 and 30 minute times often are expressed as "quarter" and "half," respectively. But saying "fifteen" and "thirty" also is fine.

and can i use it "after" instead of a "past"? same things?

Yes, same things. "After" is fine here, also.

Expressing time is very systematic and the idea is simple. But there are different ways to express the same time, so it's good to be prepared for various forms and prepositions (of, to, until, before, after, past, ). With a little practice, I think you'll feel much more comfortable telling time in English.
oh thank you a bunch

this you said "quarter to ten(=09:45)" is i've wanted ^^
Are you learning USA or Brit English?

If Brit English, the rules are slightly different. We don't ever use 'after' with time, for example.
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i want to know anything all about english, i dont care if you are a native speaker, its american or not such as first floor or spelling(center, color etc)

that's why im here to learn english

thanks
You should avoid to mix American English and British English.

US It's a quarter after four.
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