Is it correct to say that "the cuckoo clock strikes on the hour"?
I looked it up in a dictionary, but it was as "The clock strikes the hour and not "on" the hour". So can we use "on"?
Thanks in advance.
I'm just saying that I understand your initial confusion about this phrase, "strike the hour". It is rather odd, but it is correct.
I have no problem with "the clock strikes on the hour and on the half hour."
Yes — let's leave out 'cuckoo', a special type of clock which goes cuckoo on the hour.
Consider 'The clock chimes on the hour'.
On the hour is idiomatic in AmE, at least, for an event that occurs at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, etc. Every hour on the hour means that this happens twenty-four hours a day.
I find the clock strikes the hour possible but a little odd.
I am not a teacher.
In old-fashioned language, the clock strikes the hour, be that (the hour of) one/two/three...
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
In more modern parlance, an event may be said to occur on the hour.
I would use "on the hour" if I were talking about the habitual action "This clock strikes on the hour [and the half-hour]".
I would use "the hour" if I were talking about one instance - "The church clock had just struck the hour when the ghostly form of my deceased grandfather appeared".
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Thank you for all the answers that I recieved. But, putting these answers together confused me. In fact, I considered "the clock strikes on the hour" as a wrong sentence, based on the first reply that I recieved. I also checked it in a dictionary and I noticed that "the clock strikes the hour" is correct. But then I was told that both "the clock strikes the hour" and "the clock strikes on the hour" are correct. So, are both correct?
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