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    Cool quarter past

    Hello!

    Which is correct, please?

    -It's a quarter past two.

    -It's quarter past two.

    Someone's told me both are correct, is that true?

    Thank you
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    Re: quarter past

    Yes.

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    Re: quarter past

    Hi Will,

    I certainly say both. Americans might do it a bit differently. The other thing we say is "quarter of" in addition to "quarter to" or "quarter till."

    2:45 = A quarter to 3, quarter to three, a quarter of 3, a quarter till 3.

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Someone's told me both are correct. Is that true?
    (Note your comma splice in your original.)
    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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    Cool Re: quarter past

    Thank you.

    Is the use of the present perfect correct in my sentence? :

    "Someone's told me both are correct."

    Thanks
    W

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    Re: quarter past

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Is the use of the present perfect correct in my sentence? :

    "Someone's told me both are correct."

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    Yes, but I think that, even as a speaker of BrE, I would be more likely to say, "Someone told me". I would use the past simple, perhaps because I was thinking of the past occasion when this person told me.

    In the passive, I would use the present perfect, "I have been told", thinking of the present consequence,

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