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    I've got to leave at twenty past or I'll miss that train.

    Hello!
    Could someone please explain what the following sentence actually means?
    To be honest I am quite in trouble with "past".

    I've got to leave at twenty past or I'll miss that train.

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    Re: I've got to leave at twenty past or I'll miss that train.

    It's a time - twenty past the hour known to the speaker and the addressee.

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    Re: I've got to leave at twenty past or I'll miss that train.

    Yes I guessed. What time is it? 20?

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    Re: I've got to leave at twenty past or I'll miss that train.

    We don't know what time but they do. It's 1:20, 2:20, 3:20, etc.
    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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    Re: I've got to leave at twenty past or I'll miss that train.

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Yes I guessed. What time is it? 20?
    We don't know exactly what time it is, or even what time of day it is. Presumably there is some clue in the rest of the piece. It could be 9am and the speaker is aiming to catch the 9.20am or even the 10.20am train. It could be 3pm and they're hoping to catch the 3.20pm or the 4.20pm. It all depends on where the speaker is in relation to the railway station.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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