Poll: If you were asked what the time is, how would you reply?

If you were asked what the time is, how would you reply?

It's a quarter to three
It's a quarter before three
It's two forty-five.
It's quarter to three.
It's quarter of three.

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  • Votes: 478
  • Comments: 4
  • Added: September 2004

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"It's a quarter till three."
"Three o'clock."
"Almost three."
"Three."

Josh

I never really understood the whole quarters fascination. It screws you over when it's x:30 or close. (Unless people say "half to 3...but I've never heard that.) And when I hear quarter to three, the first thing I do is mentally convert it to two forty-five anyway. Just more work.

Bryan

The difference between 'to' and 'of' may be primarily American vs. British. The difference between 'quarter to three' and 'two forty-five' is, I'm convinced, mostly a matter of age. Listen to children and teenagers - they rarely use 'quarter to three'. Why? Because that is a visual reference to clock hands and they were brought up on digital.

kamal

It's quarter to three and two forty-five bouth same and right.

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