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    A man asks "What time is your train?" and the woman answers "Twenty-five to."
    What exactly does the woman mean?

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    Default Re: Twenty-five to

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    A man asks "What time is your train?" and the woman answers "Twenty-five to."
    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 19:38. Reason: blunder corrected

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    Default Re: Twenty-five to

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    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'.

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    Default Re: Twenty-five to

    Same here.

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

    25 to = XX:35.
    25 after = XX:25.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by TomUK View Post
    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'.

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

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    Default Re: Twenty-five to

    So we all agree.

    "25 to" equals 35 minutes after the hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    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.

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    Default 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!
    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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