# Thread: How to say these times

1. ## 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, ...

2. ## Re: How to say these times

Originally Posted by joham
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, ...

♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
1. ... at 30 minutes past the hour.
2. ... at 20 minutes past the hour.
3. ... at 20 minutes to the hour.

3. ## Re: How to say these times

Originally Posted by engee30
♥♦♣♠ 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."

4. ## Re: How to say these times

Is "at the bottom of the hour" used much?

5. ## Re: How to say these times

Originally Posted by Barb_D
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."

6. ## Re: How to say these times

Originally Posted by Barb_D
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.

7. ## Re: How to say these times

Originally Posted by Coolfootluke
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.

8. ## 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.

9. ## Re: How to say these times

Originally Posted by riquecohen
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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