I do not understand the meaning of this paragraph:
''Do you have the time?
Yes,it is five of four.''

Welcome to the forum.

Well, "Do you have the time?" basically means "What's the time?" or "Can you tell me what the time is?"

I don't know if "Yes, it is five of four" means "It's five to four" (3.55) or "It's five past four" (4.05). It's not a construction I've heard before. Where did you find it?

It's five of four means it's 3:55 in AmE.

Originally Posted by nguyendung1968
I do not understand the meaning of this paragraph:
''Do you have the time?
Yes,it is five of four.''
A lot of people can only read digital clocks. Can you read an analog clock - the round kind of clock that has minute hands and hour hands?

The digits 1 through 12 go in a circle around the round clock face. The top number is 12, the next to the right is 1, then 2, and so on through 11.

When the minute hand (the long hand) is straight up, it's the beginning of an hour (sometimes called the top of the hour) - 1:00, 2:00, and so on.

The hour hand (the short hand) points toward the hour it is now, or it points between hours. For instance, if it's between 3:00 and 4:00, the hour hand points between those hours.

So if the minute hand is pointing straight up at the 12 and the hour hand is pointed at the 4, it's 4:00 exactly.

The twelve digits divide the hour into twelve five-minute segments. So if the hour hand is pointed ALMOST at the 4 and the minute hand is pointed at the 11, it's five minutes before 4:00.

We would say it this way: "It's five of four." That means it's five minutes before 4:00. If we're talking to someone who knows it's some time near 4:00, we just say "It's five of."

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