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    Default what if/past

    A: What time is it?
    B: Itís a quarter to 12. Why?
    A: At noon, on the dot, Iím supposed to meet James.
    B: On the dot? What if you donít get there until a few minutes past four? Will you turn into a pumpkin?

    I would like to know the meaning of "what if" and "a few minutes past four".

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    Default Re: what if/past

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    A: What time is it?
    B: Itís a quarter to 12. Why?
    A: At noon, on the dot, Iím supposed to meet James.
    B: On the dot? What if you donít get there until a few minutes past four? Will you turn into a pumpkin?

    I would like to know the meaning of "what if" and "a few minutes past four".
    I would say:
    What if = What would happen if

    "A few minutes past four" means 4:02 or 4:03 or 4:05 or 4:09 or ... .

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    Default Re: what if/past

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    A: What time is it?
    B: Itís a quarter to 12. Why?
    A: At noon, on the dot, Iím supposed to meet James.
    B: On the dot? What if you donít get there until a few minutes past four? Will you turn into a pumpkin?

    I would like to know the meaning of "what if" and "a few minutes past four".
    I think there's been a transcription error and it should read "a few minutes past twelve". It doesn't make sense otherwise.

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