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    What time does this mean? "It's twenty minutes ater the hour." Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcletuan View Post
    What time does this mean? "It's twenty minutes ater the hour." Thanks.
    It must be 1.20 a.m or p.m

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    Hi mcletuan
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    "It's twenty minutes after the hour" can mean any of the following (a.m. or p.m.):
    1:20
    2:20
    3:20
    4:20
    5:20
    6:20
    7:20
    8:20
    9:20
    10:20
    11:20
    12:20

    For example:
    If it was 5 o'clock twenty minutes ago, then it is "twenty minutes after the hour" now.
    (In this case, 5:00 = the hour)

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    Is it possible you are confused because it says "ater" instead of "after"? If that mistake was in the original, I can see why you would be confused! (If it was your typing error, nevermind! I make a lot of typos too!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Is it possible you are confused because it says "ater" instead of "after"?
    Hold on. I'm a little confused. Does "the hour" in after the hour refer to 1 o'clock in the USA?

    All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Hold on. I'm a little confused. Does "the hour" in after the hour refer to 1 o'clock in the USA?

    All the best.

    No. I'm presuming he was just giving an example. "After the hour" means you have to keep an eye on the clock if you want to know which hour it's 20 minutes after.

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    No, sorry, I meant the original poster. If he or she reading something that said "It's 20 ater the hour" without being fluent in the Typo varient of the English language, it could have caused confusion. I guess I wasn't clear.

    "After the hour" could be ANY hour. In fact, if someone is on a syndicated radio program, he will probaly say that, rather than the local time, because someone broadcasting from Chicago would give the "wrong" time for someone listening in New York or LA.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 01-May-2007 at 04:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "After the hour" could be ANY hour.
    Thank goodness. For a minute there I thought I may have lost my language - I've been in Asia for 7 years.

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