Telling The Time?

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Hello,

Is it common to say 'thirty-five to two' instead of twenty-five to two?

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It happens, but it is not common. 'Twenty-five past one' and 'twenty-five to two'.
Nina_NiaIs it common to say 'thirty-five to two' instead of twenty-five to two?
"Thirty-five to two" is not the same as "twenty-five to two." If you mean "Is it common to say 'thirty-five to two' instead of 'one twenty-five,'?" I would say it's not common at all.
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If it's 1:25, you would never say this as "thirty-five to two." If the time is between 1:30 and 2:20, you can specify it in the construction "...to two" but only at five minute intervals and only for certain times:

1:35 = twenty-five to two

1:40 = twenty to two

1:50 = ten to two

1:55 = five to two

1:45 is one forty-five, never fifteen to two.

If it's 1:31, you would never say "twenty-nine to two". This is one thirty-one.

1:01 is one after one.

1:02 is one oh two.

1:03 = one oh three

1:04 = one oh four

1:05 = one oh five or five after one.

1:06 = one oh six

1:07 = one oh seven

1:08 = one oh eight

1:09 = one oh nine

1:10 = one ten or ten after one

1:11 = one eleven or eleven after one

1:12 = one twelve or twelve after one

Telling time can get complicated - certain times are said in certain ways and not in others - and you have to learn it by experience.
If the time is between 1:30 and 2:20, you can specify it in the construction "...to two"-- It's hard to imagine that happening, Summit.
This is what I meant; 1:35.
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So:

1:35 = one thirty-five or twenty-five to/of/before two.
But why is it a mistake to say 1:31, "twenty-nine to two"?
It's not at all a mistake, if you are being quite accurate. Most of us would just say "It's (about) one-thirty" though. (The anonymous poster is just being overly prescriptive.)
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