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Autor:  Dale-CR
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  13/ABR/2010 12:03 PM
Assunto:  8:10 past ten..after ten...to Dale
Mensagem:  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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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
8:10  –  Sílvio B.  13/ABR/2010, 11:13 AM
8:10  –  Dale-CR  13/ABR/2010, 11:22 AM
8:10  –  Sílvio B.  13/ABR/2010, 11:31 AM
8:10 past ten..after ten...to Dale  –  José Roberto  13/ABR/2010, 11:48 AM
 8:10 past ten..after ten...to Dale  –  Dale-CR  13/ABR/2010, 12:03 PM
8:10 past ten..after ten...to Dale  –  Tiago T.  14/ABR/2010, 12:03 AM
8:10 past ten..after ten...to Dale  –  Dale-CR  14/ABR/2010, 1:17 AM
8:10 past ten..after ten...to Dale  –  Tiago T.  15/ABR/2010, 12:16 AM

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