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    Half nine, Half two, Half eleven ...

    Hello,

    Right now I am watching a cooking tv show with a guy who comes from Ireland and he says "it is half nine, "itīs half two" and so on. I would like to know if "half nine" means "8:30" or "9:30", "half eleven" means "10:30" or "11:30" etc.


    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Half nine, Half two, Half eleven ...

    'Half nine' is 'half past nine' in informal British, and apparently Irish, English.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Jul-2015 at 20:14. Reason: Minor typo

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    Re: Half nine, Half two, Half eleven ...

    The only language I know which uses the construction to mean "half an hour BEFORE the time mentioned" is German. "Halb neun" (which translates to "half nine") is, in fact, 8.30. I'm sure there are other languages that use it but that's the only one I know.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Half nine, Half two, Half eleven ...

    That construction is not used in AmE. We would say "half past".

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    Re: Half nine, Half two, Half eleven ...

    I believe Russian also refers to the upcoming hour, although in different ways depending upon which side of the half hour the minutes fall.

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    Re: Half nine, Half two, Half eleven ...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The only language I know which uses the construction to mean "half an hour BEFORE the time mentioned" is German. "Halb neun" (which translates to "half nine") is, in fact, 8.30.
    Some German dialects have such gems as (translated):
    8.15 - quarter nine
    8.25 - five before half nine
    8.30 - half nine
    8.35 - five after half nine
    8.45 - three-quarters nine.

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