Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1993 12:21:25 -0600 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: Half Past the Hour > And are those "quarter" times associated with the half times - that is, > do such people as Natalie, to whom "half past" is foreign, find the > "quarter of/to/after" times foreign, too? No. I always say "quarter of." If it's not a quarter of the hour, I'm more likely to say "till," although "of" doesn't strike me as odd. In other words, I might say "ten of three," but I would be much more likely to say "ten till three." I would almost certainly say "a quarter of three," however -- not "quarter till/to." I would never under any circumstances say "half past" anything. I had never thought about the problem with noon-thirty or midnight-thirty until it was mentioned today. I guess the context has always made clear which 12:30 I'm talking about. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]