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    some difficulties telling the time and dates

    Hello!

    While studying my coursebook I came across the following example:

    It's 37 minutes past twelve.

    I was a bit surprised, as I've always thought the word "past" refers to hand travels from 12 to 6 o'clock positions (the first semicircle), and those from 6 to 12 o'clock positions - the second semicicle on the face of a clock - would be described using "to". I'd rewrite the example as "It's 23 minutes to one".

    Is it OK to say "fourty past twelve, forty two past twelve" etc?

    And my second silly question's about dates.. There're two ways of writing dates:
    15th March - the fifteenth of March
    March 15th - March the fifteenth

    But what prepositions should I use when having the second model in a sentence?

    He was born in March the fifteenth ?


    Thank you!

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    Re: some difficulties telling the time and dates

    I think most people would call 7:40 "twenty till 8" but there is nothing wrong with saying "40 minutes after 7."

    It doesn't matter if you say March 15th or the 15th of March, something happens "on" a date, not "in" it.

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    Re: some difficulties telling the time and dates

    Did I understand you correctly that:

    He was born on the fifteenth of March
    He was born on March the fifteenth???

    or no matter how a date is written - March 15 or 15 March - we should always read it as "on the fifteenth of March"?

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    #4

    Re: some difficulties telling the time and dates

    No, I meant that you should use "on" not "in."

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    #5

    Re: some difficulties telling the time and dates

    He was born on the fifteenth of March
    He was born on March the fifteenth

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    Re: some difficulties telling the time and dates

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think most people would call 7:40 "twenty till 8"
    Or: twenty to eight.

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    Re: some difficulties telling the time and dates

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    He was born on the fifteenth of March
    He was born on March the fifteenth
    Or on March fifteenth.

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    #8

    Re: some difficulties telling the time and dates

    Or on the Ides of March :)
    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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