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    How to say these times

    How should we say these times in the bus timetable?
    The bus leaves _________.
    1. 7.30, 8.30, 9.30, 10.30, ...
    2. 7.20, 8.20, 9.20, 10.20, ... (every hour on the half hour?)
    3. 7.40, 8.40, 9.40, 10.40, ...


    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 27-Feb-2011 at 10:40. Reason: something added.

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    Re: How to say these times

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    How should we say these times in the bus timetable?
    The bus leaves _________.
    1. 7.30, 8.30, 9.30, 10.30, ...
    2. 7.20, 8.20, 9.20, 10.20, ... (every hour on the half hour?)
    3. 7.40, 8.40, 9.40, 10.40, ...


    Thank you in advance.
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    1. ... at 30 minutes past the hour.
    2. ... at 20 minutes past the hour.
    3. ... at 20 minutes to the hour.

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    Re: How to say these times

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
    1. ... at 30 minutes past the hour.
    2. ... at 20 minutes past the hour.
    3. ... at 20 minutes to the hour.
    I agree with this response, but would like to add that #1 is frequently expressed as "every hour on the half hour."

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    Re: How to say these times

    Is "at the bottom of the hour" used much?
    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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    Re: How to say these times

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Is "at the bottom of the hour" used much?
    On a recent trip to the U.S., I heard this expression and "at the top of the hour" used frequently on morning television news/talk shows. "Coming up at the bottom of the hour is an interview with Michele Obama."

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    Re: How to say these times

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Is "at the bottom of the hour" used much?
    I am not a teacher.

    By "bottom (half) of the hour," I understand the half-hour between half past and the next hour. Things happen in the bottom of the hour, not at it, because it is not a point in time. It is modeled on "bottom (half) of the inning" in baseball, which itself comes from its position on a scoreboard.

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    Re: How to say these times

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    By "bottom (half) of the hour," I understand the half-hour between half past and the next hour. Things happen in the bottom of the hour, not at it, because it is not a point in time. It is modeled on "bottom (half) of the inning" in baseball, which itself comes from its position on a scoreboard.
    My (possibly faulty) understanding from what I have heard on American radio is that 'at the bottom of the hour' is used to indicate 'at 30 minutes past the hour', as riquecohen suggested.

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    Re: How to say these times

    My understanding of it is also that it means X:30.

    I wasn't sure how wide-spread it was.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I agree with this response, but would like to add that #1 is frequently expressed as "every hour on the half hour."
    That's true. I was just looking at the times and ignored the note in brackets as referring to the second set of the times.

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