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    hands of a clock

    Is there another name for clock hands? Also how you differ each of them? Small and big...?
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    Re: hands of a clock

    The one that is usually the thinnest of them all is called 'second hand'; the one that points to the minutes is called 'minute hand'; and the one pointing to the hours is called, no surprise here, 'hour hand'. Note that the hour hand is typically shorter than the minute one.
    I reckon you can call them pointers as well, since they do the pointing.

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    Re: hands of a clock

    No, not "pointers." Hands.

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    #4

    Re: hands of a clock

    What about arrows?

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    Re: hands of a clock

    Quote Originally Posted by Rona 12 View Post
    What about arrows?
    I wouldn't use it.

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    Re: hands of a clock

    Thank you.

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    Re: hands of a clock

    Your appreciation is welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.



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    Re: hands of a clock

    When you are teaching children to tell time, "the big hand" and "the little hand" are often used (in the US, anyway).
    When the little hand is on the 2 and the big hand is on the 12, it's 2:00.

    (My Mickey Mouse watch has hands that are almost the same lenght and I have a hard time knowing which is which. It's clear enough when it's either ten minutes to 2 or ten minutes after 10 - I usually know where I am in the day within four hours, but I have have a hard time telling whether it's ten minutees before 11, or five minutes before 10.)
    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: hands of a clock

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When you are teaching children to tell time, "the big hand" and "the little hand" are often used (in the US, anyway).
    When the little hand is on the 2 and the big hand is on the 12, it's 2:00.
    It's the same in the UK, Barb.

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    Re: hands of a clock

    An old textbook talked about the hour and minute hand, and then said that some clocks had a third hand called the second hand, which was a very helpful way of describing things.

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