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    Hello! What part of grammar is the word "o'clock"? Does it depend on how it is used?

    Example sentences are:

    She went to work at 9 o'clock.

    Be there by 5:30PM.

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    Re: The time

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hello! What part of grammar is the word "o'clock"? Does it depend on how it is used?

    Example sentences are:

    She went to work at 9 o'clock.

    Be there by 5:30PM.
    Both sentences are fine.

    http://m-w.com/dictionary/o'clock

    The phrase "o'clock" is passed down from its origin in British English. It's usually used after whole numbers indicating time.

    1 o'clock
    4 o'clock
    12 o'clock
    and not
    2:15 o'clock
    6:59 o'clock

    I think it's an English idiom moreso than anything having to do with English grammar. You can thank the British for developing the habit many centuries ago and passing it down to us. lol

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