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    find out what o'clock it is

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    There was complete confusion when we arrived. Nobody could find out what’s clock it was.

    Find what o’clock it is (or what’s o’clock) = put two and two together

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: find out what o'clock it is

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    There was complete confusion when we arrived. Nobody could find out what’s clock it was. Nobody says that.

    find out what time it was

    Find what o’clock it is (or what’s o’clock)

    What time is it?
    It is 4 o'clock.
    V
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    Re: find out what o'clock it is

    Knowing vil's aversion to being told he's wrong, I think I should point out that both 'Find what o’clock it is' and '... what’s o’clock' were OK centuries ago. But 'Nobody could find out what’s clock it was' was never right (although, on reflection, I'm not sure 'find' would have been used like that in those days). And whether it means 'put two and two together' is a question of that particular context. It might be used as a metaphor for confusion. But what it usually means is just what it says - they didn't know the time.

    I'm reminded of the song 'I didn't know what time it was till I met you'. The singer hasn't lost his watch and when, in the last line, he sings '...and I know what time it is now' he hasn't found it.

    b

    PS Generations of schoolboys have sniggered at Shakespeare's 'What's o'clock' ('What's a clock?', geddit?)
    Last edited by BobK; 15-Aug-2010 at 13:05. Reason: Added PS

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