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    Can we say 'when the clock struck 11.25 a. m.'?

    One of my students asked me a question a week ago. It was as follows:

    Can we say 'when the clock struck 11.25 a. m.'?

    I know we can say 'when the clock struck 11 a. m.' or 'when the clock struck 11.30 a. m.' But I just have no idea about '11.25'. Please help me.

    If we can't say like this, what is the best alternative for 'struck'?

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    Re: Can we say 'when the clock struck 11.25 a. m.'?

    Quote Originally Posted by rodgers white View Post
    One of my students asked me a question a week ago. It was as follows:

    Can we say 'when the clock struck 11:25 a. m.'? No. No clock strikes 11:25 a.m. Some strike quarter hours, but striking only on the hour is more common. Electric clocks don't strike the hours at all. The minute hand just goes by. We only say it strikes an hour if it chimes, cuckoos, or makes another sound.

    I know we can say 'when the clock struck 11 a. m.' Right!

    or ' when the clock struck 11​:30 a. m.' Actually, we don't say "when the clock struck 11:30."

    But I just have no idea about '11​:25'. Please help me.

    If we can't say like this, what is the best alternative for 'struck'?
    You can say "at 11:25 a.m." You don't need (or want!) a verb. Be sure to use a colon (not a period) between the hour and minute.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 07-Mar-2017 at 03:36.
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    Re: Can we say 'when the clock struck 11.25 a. m.'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You can say "at 11:25 a.m." You don't need (or want!) a verb. Be sure to use a colon (not a period) between the hour and minute.
    Many thanks for your time and consideration. Can we say 'when the clock showed 11:25 a.m.'? If we can, is it natural? What do you think?

    By the way, I have seen the sentence 'The clock struck 11:30.' several times before.

    Please have a look at this website:

    https://books.google.com/books?id=qC...1%3A30&f=false

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    Re: Can we say 'when the clock struck 11.25 a. m.'?

    The clock striking on the hour reminds me of the nursery rhyme: http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/h046.html

    If a clock strikes at 11.25 a.m.(BrE uses a period between the hour and the minutes, and not a colon), there is something wrong with it.


    'when the clock showed 11:25 a.m.' - A clock shows the time of course but this is not a sentence.
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    Re: Can we say 'when the clock struck 11.25 a. m.'?

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    The clock striking on the hour reminds me of the nursery rhyme: http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/h046.html

    If a clock strikes at 11.25 a.m.(BrE uses a period between the hour and the minutes, and not a colon), there is something wrong with it.


    'when the clock showed 11:25 a.m.' - A clock shows the time of course but this is not a sentence.
    So, you mean that we can say the sentence like 'The clock showed 11.25 a.m.' But is it natural?

    And by the way, can we say 'The clock struck 11:30'?

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    Re: Can we say 'when the clock struck 11.25 a. m.'?

    The clock displayed 11:25 am.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodgers white View Post
    can we say 'The clock struck 11:30'?
    See below.
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    we don't say "when the clock struck 11:30."
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can we say 'when the clock struck 11.25 a. m.'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The clock displayed 11:25 am.


    See below.
    By the way, I have seen the sentence 'The clock struck 11:30.' several times before. You can google it, there are quite a few.

    Please have a look at this website:

    https://books.google.com/books?id=qC...1%3A30&f=false

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    Re: Can we say 'when the clock struck 11.25 a. m.'?

    Some mechanical clocks, especially cuckoo clocks or grandfather clocks, do strike the half hour.

    This cuckoo clock strikes the half hour, then plays a short tune with some additional movement. This mantle clock strikes the half-hour as well.

    The half-hour strike is usually shorter or of a different tone than the full hour strike.
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    Re: Can we say 'when the clock struck 11.25 a. m.'?

    So, now can we say 'The clock displayed 11:25 am.' or 'The clock showed 11.25 a.m.' ? And if we can, are they natural?

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    Re: Can we say 'when the clock struck 11.25 a. m.'?

    We can say both. I don't find the one with 'displayed' very natural.

    Incidentally, I have a clock that chimes every quarter of an hour.

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