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    2:10 PM

    2:10 PM

    What time is it?

    1. It's ten past two.
    2. It's ten after two.
    3. It's two ten.


    Hi,
    Are all the answers correct?

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    Re: 2:10 PM

    In BrE, we'd use 1 (most common) and 3. We don't use "after" in place of "past" but I believe many AmE speakers do.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 2:10 PM

    Thank you. Let's wait to see if a an American would comment on #2.

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    Re: 2:10 PM

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    Thank you. Let's wait to see if a an American would comments on #2.
    See above. You posted identical responses (with identical errors) in two posts. Remember that there is no need to write a post to say "Thank you" - simply click on the Thank button. There's also no need to use your second sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 2:10 PM

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, we'd use 1 (most common) and 3. We don't use "after" in place of "past" but I believe many AmE speakers do.
    I wouldn't use number 2. My English was influenced by my mother's, though, and she perfected her English while living in England, so I may favor British usages a little more than most Americans do.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: 2:10 PM

    This speaker of AmE frequently uses both 'after' and 'past.

    I personally tend to use 'past' with 'half' and 'quarter' and 'after' for all the other possibilities, but those are just my own tendencies and by no means indicative of AmE in general.
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