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    Default Tell time American vs. UK style

    This may sounds stupid. How do you tell time American vs. UK style?

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: Tell time American vs. UK style

    There is no difference in the way that each tells time; there are differences in the way this is expressed.

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    Default Re: Tell time American vs. UK style

    Thank you very much.

    Is it possible to give examples?

    Very appreciate your help.

    Due to the way they teach english in my country, I always heard something like, American style, UK style and so on.

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    Default Re: Tell time American vs. UK style

    Quote Originally Posted by O T B View Post
    Thank you very much.

    Is it possible to give examples?

    Very appreciate your help.

    Due to the way they teach english in my country, I always heard something like, American style, UK style and so on.
    I can't answer you definitively, since I'm neither American nor British. But most ways of telling the time are understandable.

    Variants which are ambiguous and not AusE are: "Half nine", and "a quarter of nine", which I think refer to time before the hour, but neither of which I would swear to universally.

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    Default Re: Tell time American vs. UK style

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I can't answer you definitively, since I'm neither American nor British. But most ways of telling the time are understandable.

    Variants which are ambiguous and not AusE are: "Half nine", and "a quarter of nine", which I think refer to time before the hour, but neither of which I would swear to universally.
    It would be interesting to compare the ways of telling time than exist across the various oceans. Here in the United States we would say such things as:

    Half past nine (never half nine, although I assume that means a half hour before nine.) And we'd never say half to nine.

    A quarter past nine or a quarter to nine.

    Nine-thirty.

    Ten past nine.

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    Default Re: Tell time American vs. UK style

    I have sometimes heard "half nine" in the UK, and as far as I know it always meant 9.30.

    Some of my American colleagues say "ten till nine" where in the UK we would say "ten to nine".

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    Default Re: Tell time American vs. UK style

    Quote Originally Posted by orangutan View Post
    I have sometimes heard "half nine" in the UK, and as far as I know it always meant 9.30.

    Some of my American colleagues say "ten till nine" where in the UK we would say "ten to nine".
    Yes, I've heard "half nine" to mean 9:30 too.

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    Default Re: Tell time American vs. UK style

    Quote Originally Posted by orangutan View Post
    I have sometimes heard "half nine" in the UK, and as far as I know it always meant 9.30.

    Some of my American colleagues say "ten till nine" where in the UK we would say "ten to nine".
    Yes we often say half six-6:30, etc

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    Default Re: Tell time American vs. UK style

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, I've heard "half nine" to mean 9:30 too.
    Interesting! I would have thought it's 8:30 for a reason.

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    Default Re: Tell time American vs. UK style

    You will also hear "of" in the US.

    8:45 is "quarter of nine" or "quarter to nine" (or, although this isn't one I use, "quarter till nine").
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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