What time is it? by Dave


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Dave
This morning Gill had the BBC Breakfast show on, and the time was 7:35

The lady presenter (not sure of her name) read the time out

What would you say? I'd go for either "seven thirty five" or "twenty five to eight"

What did she say? "The time is now thirty five minutes past seven"

:confused:

Am I missing something or is this a bit illogical? If it was 7:59 would it be "fifty nine minutes past seven"? Would 8:01 be "fifty nine minutes to nine"?

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Posted 19 Jul 2011, 18:00 #1 

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Duncan
I'd say unusual, but perfectly logical.

For proper confusion, try 'half seven' meaning 6:30.

It does in German, you know.
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Posted 19 Jul 2011, 18:39 #2 

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Bernard
If reading the time from a digital display, I would say that it's quite logical.
Otherwise one has to subtract the number from 60, not so easy for someone like me who has lost some of the ability to do mental subtraction.
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Posted 19 Jul 2011, 18:53 #3 

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Tourerfogey
Could have said 95 minutes past six or 85 minutes to nine . . .

Posted 19 Jul 2011, 18:56 #4 

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Mick
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I'd say five and twenty to eight, being a proper Englishman. ;)

Posted 19 Jul 2011, 18:57 #5 

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Tourerfogey
Like four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie . . .

Posted 19 Jul 2011, 18:59 #6 

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Mick
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Pie? Don't you start. :D

Posted 19 Jul 2011, 19:00 #7 

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SpongeBob
You could have said 1311060900 seconds since Unix epoch :ugeek:

Unix epoch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_time

Posted 19 Jul 2011, 22:35 #8 

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Jürgen
Duncan wrote:I'd say unusual, but perfectly logical.

For proper confusion, try 'half seven' meaning 6:30.

It does in German, you know.

Yep, confirmed. :D

And in some parts of Germany "three quarter seven" means 6:45 ...
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Posted 19 Jul 2011, 22:36 #9 

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Dave
Hmmm

Some interesting and confusing replies!

Posted 20 Jul 2011, 21:08 #10 

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Dallas
............... all I know is! time is moving way to fast these days. :panic:
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Posted 20 Jul 2011, 21:12 #11 

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Ragman
Duncan wrote:I'd say unusual, but perfectly logical.

For proper confusion, try 'half seven' meaning 6:30.

It does in German, you know.


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Posted 20 Jul 2011, 23:35 #12 


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