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    At five o'clock

    Hello everybody!
    in the sentence below, is "five o'clock" countable or uncountable? why doesn't it have "the"?

    I'll see you at five o'clock.

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    Re: At five o'clock

    It's uncountable. We don't use the definite article in the construction x o'clock except when the time phrase is used as a modifier* as in the five o'clock news.

    *In my example, "five o'clock" modifies news.
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    Re: At five o'clock

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    We don't use the definite article in the construction x o'clock.

    *In my example, "five o'clock" modifies news.
    Is there nothing to do with it is uncountable?

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    Re: At five o'clock

    No. "o'clock" is not a noun.
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    Re: At five o'clock

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    No. "o'clock" is not a noun.
    What is it?

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    Re: At five o'clock

    It's an adverb.
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    Re: At five o'clock

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    It's an adverb.
    What is "five"?

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    Re: At five o'clock

    It is a number.
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    Re: At five o'clock

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    It is a number.
    So what is noun?

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    Re: At five o'clock

    The adverb 'o'clock' modifies the number 'five'.
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