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    past midnight VS untill after midnight

    Hello'

    Which of the sentences is right?

    1- I studied past midnight .
    2- I studied untill /till after midnight.

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    Re: past midnight VS untill after midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by majid72 View Post
    Hello'

    Which of the sentences is right?

    1- I studied past midnight .
    2- I studied untill /till after midnight.

    Thanks.
    I would use number 2.

    But I am not sure about 1. I am hesitant to say it is unacceptable.

    Here in the east of England, I think we tend to use past midnight in the present tense.

    A) What's the time?

    B) It's past midnight.


    We use it as a rough way of giving the time. It means: not long past midnight, and I guess that it is a common(ish) phrase because we are essentailly saying: the new day has begun.

    However I wouldn't use it with an action verb like study, but only to suggest a state, a temporal state:

    The time is past midnight. It is no longer before midnight.

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