Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. xiaoen's Avatar
    Banned
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Mar 2015
    • Posts: 228
    #1

    It's twenty of three. (spoken or written?)

    2:40
    It's two forty. BrE and AmE
    It's twenty to three. BrE and AmE
    It's twenty of three. AmE

    Hi,
    Is the third one only spoken? or can it also be used in formal writings too in the US?

  2. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 12,042
    #2

    Re: It's twenty of three. (spoken or written?)

    Unless you're writing spoken dialog, you should usually write the time numerically. In this case, write 2:40.

    Twenty of is a common usage in AmE.
    I am not a teacher.

  3. xiaoen's Avatar
    Banned
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Mar 2015
    • Posts: 228
    #3

    Re: It's twenty of three. (spoken or written?)

    Thank you but have you ever seen the third format to be used in a formal writing? Not in a dialog.

  4. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 12,042
    #4

    Re: It's twenty of three. (spoken or written?)

    Write 2:40.
    I am not a teacher.

  5. Senior Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Turkish
      • Home Country:
      • Turkey
      • Current Location:
      • Turkey

    • Join Date: Sep 2014
    • Posts: 722
    #5

    Re: It's twenty of three. (spoken or written?)

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    2:40

    It's twenty of three. AmE
    Hello,

    I am not a native speaker of English nor am I an English teacher, but let me give you some information related to your question.

    In Swan's Practical English Usage, it is said that ''[i]n American English after is often used instead of past (e.g. ten after six); but Americans do not say half after. And in American English of, before and till are possible instead of to (e.g. twenty-five of three)'' (page 572).

    I hope it helps.

  6. Tarheel's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 12,044
    #6

    Re: It's twenty of three. (spoken or written?)

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    Thank you but have you ever seen the third format to be used in a formal writing? Not in a dialog.
    Please do not use "a" before either "formal writing" or "dialog".

  7. Tarheel's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 12,044
    #7

    Re: It's twenty of three. (spoken or written?)

    Say:

    Have you ever seen the third format used in either formal writing or dialog?

Similar Threads

  1. differences between spoken and written
    By Azah in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Oct-2015, 08:50
  2. spoken or written english
    By golukhanna in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Dec-2010, 14:23
  3. [Grammar] Fluent written and spoken
    By kwfine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Aug-2010, 01:49
  4. Written & Spoken English
    By [email protected] in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Dec-2006, 14:03

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •