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    Sentence correction

    The meeting will take place 17:00 hours onwards.

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    The meeting will take place 5 p.m. onwards.


    (which one is the right usage? does correct english permit the usage of 17:00 hours onwards)

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    Re: Sentence correction

    Quote Originally Posted by wannaknow View Post
    The meeting will take place 17:00 hours onwards.

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    The meeting will take place 5 p.m. onwards.


    (which one is the right usage? does correct english permit the usage of 17:00 hours onwards)
    I would say that "the meeting will take place/start at 5 p.m. There is no need to use onward as it is understood that the meeting will continue for some time.
    Note that in AmE the 24-hour clock is used only in the military.

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    #3

    Re: Sentence correction

    Note that 17:00 hours or 5 p.m. would have been a better thread title.

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    Re: Sentence correction

    5pm is suitable here.

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    Re: Sentence correction

    Quote Originally Posted by wannaknow View Post
    The meeting will take place 17:00 hours onwards.

    OR

    The meeting will take place 5 p.m. onwards.


    (which one is the right usage? does correct english permit the usage of 17:00 hours onwards)
    The meeting will take place at 5pm / 1700hrs.
    The meeting will take place from 5pm / 1700hrs.

    In my opinion you need a preposition before the time and I agree with the others that "onwards" is unnecessary. I prefer "at".

    The 24 hour clock is used in British English though not by everyone. The military, airport workers, transport workers etc use it a lot. It's used in industries where it's important to be able to differentiate between morning and afternoon/evening times without having to use am/pm all the time.

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