1. ## Twenty-five to

What exactly does the woman mean?

2. ## Re: Twenty-five to

Originally Posted by English Freak
What exactly does the woman mean?
She means that train is due to depart at XX.35, when both the man and the woman know which hour 'XX' refers to.

The woman could also mean that the train departs hourly at 25 minutes to the hour.

Which one was meant would be clear from the context.
Last edited by 5jj; 14-Aug-2011 at 20:38. Reason: blunder corrected

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## Re: Twenty-five to

Originally Posted by fivejedjon
She means that train is due to depart at XX.25, when both the man and the woman know which hour 'XX' refers to.

The woman could also mean that the train departs hourly at 25 minutes past the hour.
I am slightly confused now and maybe that's the reason why I avoid travelling by train in Britain. When somebody tells me my train goes at 25 to I will expect to depart at XX:35. Should the train go at 25 past I would expect the departure time to be XX:25. If the train happens to leave on the full hour (XX:00) I would expect to hear something like 'the train leaves on the hour'.

TomUK

4. ## Re: Twenty-five to

Same here.

Quarter to = XX:45
Quarter after: XX:15

25 to = XX:35.
25 after = XX:25.

5. ## Re: Twenty-five to

Originally Posted by TomUK
I am slightly confused now and maybe that's the reason why I avoid travelling by train in Britain. When somebody tells me my train goes at 25 to I will expect to depart at XX:35. Should the train go at 25 past I would expect the departure time to be XX:25. If the train happens to leave on the full hour (XX:00) I would expect to hear something like 'the train leaves on the hour'.

TomUK
Sorry, my blunder. I have corrected it now in my original post.

6. ## Re: Twenty-five to

So we all agree.

"25 to" equals 35 minutes after the hour.

7. ## Re: Twenty-five to

Originally Posted by Barb_D
So we all agree.

"25 to" equals 35 minutes after the hour.
Yes.

I am going to the end of the garden to eat worms.

8. ## Re: Twenty-five to

Ick.
I'll amend an earlier post. Grammar and typos are two things not to lose sleep over, nor eat worms over!

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