LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||13/ABR/2010 12:03 PM|
|Assunto:||8:10 past ten..after ten...to Dale|
Past, after....it is all the same difference. (That´s a joke. A common expression in the USA.) Sure, feel free to use either expression. You will hear it said both ways. After I made that post, I realized I had not included "after". I guess I should have made a second post, but...I didn´t. Sue me. LOL
On the other hand,
(a) 8:50 is ten minutes before nine (spoken or in writing)
I know of no way off the top of my head to use anything but "before" in this phrase.
(b) 8:50 is eight fifty (spoken, not written).
Where are you going to find this? Well, maybe in a novel. It is certainly not common in English to write out the time in that fashion. I do not recall seeing it in a newspaper or magazine. It´s simpler and clearer to use the numbers: 8:50 am.
Ah, and some people write am, some a.m., some AM. and some A.M.
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