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    Default It is half after/past 3.

    Do Americans always say "It's half after three" when reading a clock?

    I don't know why my conversation book mentions only
    "It's half past three" and does not indicate it is British English.


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    Default Re: It is half after/past 3.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    Do Americans always say "It's half after three" when reading a clock? No.

    I don't know why my conversation book indicates only
    "It's half past three" and does not mention it is British English.


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    Americans generally say "half past" the hour. Wait for a response from a BrE-speaker.

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    Default Re: It is half after/past 3.

    Amercian use:
    We do say "it's a quarter past" or "it's a quarter after" to mean (for example) 3:15. I use both, interchangealy.

    We also say "I's a quarter to" or "it's a quarter of" to mean (for example) 2:45.

    But for 3:30, it's not "half after."

    It's a quarter past 3 means 3:15
    It's a quarter after 3 also means 3:15.
    It's half past 3 means 3:30
    It's a quarter of 3 means 2:45
    It's a quarter to 3 means 2:45.

    We also often drop the hour.

    A: I'll pick you up at 3.
    B: Could you make it a quarter of? We hope to finish early today.

    A: Can you pick me up at 3?
    B: I probably won't be able to get there until quarter after.
    A: No problem.I'll wait.
    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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    Default Re: It is half after/past 3.

    BrE speakers say "half past three" or "three_thirty".

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    Default Re: It is half after/past 3.

    I think "three-thirty" would be the most common in AmE. Digital clocks.

    I've heard people in BrE say "Half eight" to mean "eight-thirty." I don't know how common that is.

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    Default Re: It is half after/past 3.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think "three-thirty" would be the most common in AmE. Digital clocks.

    I've heard people in BrE say "Half eight" to mean "eight-thirty." I don't know how common that is.
    Yes, actually that is quite common.

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