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    #1

    What time is it?

    2:18

    1. It's eighteen minutes past two. BrE

    Hi,
    I have three questions:

    Is #1 also said by Americans?
    Can we also say "after two" instead of "past two" in #1?
    Can "2:18" be said in another version except #1?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: 2:18

    Yes; yes; yes, "two-eighteen."

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    #3

    Re: 2:18

    You really are going to ask about all 60 minutes, aren't you?
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    #4

    Re: 2:18

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    You really are going to ask about all 60 minutes, aren't you?
    No offense Skrej, but when you talk to me like this, I get afraid of you and other native English speakers to ask my other questions about time. My time questions are not the same but they just look like each other.
    Excuse me if I bother you by my time questions but believe me I have to ask these in order to make sure I have understood them better.

    When I see that you get angry by my different but similar time questions, I become afraid to ask my other questions.

    Thank you.

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    #5

    Re: 2:18

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    2:18

    1. It's eighteen minutes past two. BrE
    It's fine, but I would use two-eighteen.

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    #6

    Re: 2:18

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    two-eighteen.
    Thank you. What happens if I omit the red dash?

    I mean "It's two eighteen."

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    #7

    Re: 2:18

    In speech, you can't hear a dash.

    In writing, write 2:18.

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    Re: 2:18

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    Thank you. What happens if I omit the red dash?

    I mean "It's two eighteen."
    Nothing much, to be honest.

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    #9

    Re: 2:18

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    In writing, write 2:18.
    Some people write that. I write 2.18. (The final dot is a full stop, it's not included in the time.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: 2:18

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    Thank you. What happens if I omit the red dash?

    I mean "It's two eighteen."
    It's a minor error. Careful readers will notice it, but it won't affect anyone's comprehension.
    I am not a teacher.

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