Topics related to time in written or spoken English

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What is “regional”, but relating to time instead of location?

You may describe something that's specific to an area as being regional - the set containing a thing specific to Wiltshire, something else specific to Brittany, and something else specific to Moray ...
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Using “some” to describe units of time

"some minutes, some years, some seconds" are grammatically incorrect. But "a few minutes, a few years, a few seconds" works. I'm trying to teach a non-native speaker this nuance but "it just sounds ...
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Term for past, present, and future classification of nouns

In a software program, I assign contracts a temporal classification as a past, current, or future agreement. I need a descriptive term for this classification and "temporal classification" seems ...
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“By time” versus “before time”

There is a related question here, but it's different because that relates to dates whereas I am talking about specific times. Compare the sentences "The assignment is due by 8:00am" and "The ...
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Meaning of from in “bank statements or payslips from the last N months” [migrated]

The UK immigration requires "bank statements or payslips from the last 6 months" for a standard visitor visa. I cannot understand this usage of the word "from". Oxford dictionaries give many ...
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How to say a time with seconds? [migrated]

In terms of time with only hours and minutes, it is fine. However, I would like to know, how to say a time with seconds? Like 11:20:20 or 09:35:05. Thanks for that~
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What does “a time that never was” mean?

Please explain what "a time that never was" means. The context: She glanced to the three who stood to one side of the King's throne, looking as though they'd stepped out of paintings from a time ...
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Is there a phrase for the night before a weekday?

Sometimes I hear people say "I don't go out late on weeknights" when they mean Sunday through Thursday nights. Other times "weeknights" refers to Monday through Friday nights. Is there a less ...
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What do you call two consecutive months; a sixth of a year?

Half a year is a semester, i.e. (literally) 6 months. Since it’s often wrongly thought to derive from semi- ‘half’, there’re contradicting definitions of similar terms: Both a trimester and a (rare) ...
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Word for something that was once true and is no longer [closed]

Is there a word for something that was once true (maybe at the time it was said or written) but isn't true anymore? Either an adjective or a noun is fine. "Obsolete" is the best thing that I can ...
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How did English end up with names for days of the week like Monday, borrowed from latin but then also translated?

Learning about the origin of English names for days of the week, I found it it curious that some of them had an original meaning borrowed from Latin, but the words themselves were a translation. So ...
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Is it “in” or “on the holidays”?

I'm unsure about the correct preposition of time regarding two sentences. This is the fist sentence in question: I'll call her ... the holidays. Possible solutions are at/in/on. I already ...
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Use of “then” as “therefore” [closed]

I am confused about the following use of then: «I can't come to Bristol in the afternoon, sorry» «Let's meet around noon, then.» «I can't do it, I am sorry.» «Well, I'll do it, then!» I ...
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Lack of time *and* Time is precious [closed]

I'm certain that there exist a unique phrase that means both "Lack of time" and "Time is precious". When I try to remember what the phrase is, I'm constantly having the association of a precious ...
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Saying time out loud

I have read 24 hour time. How to say it? and How should one say times aloud in 24-hour notation? but they only cover part of my question. I'm wondering if there is a comprehensive set of rules that ...
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Common ways to tell the time

I'm a non-native speaker. In school, I was taught that the proper way of telling times in English is X o' clock. In NAE, would it be common to omit o' clock and just say something like: It's ...
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Is there a word for “less-than-yearly”?

is there a single word to describe an indeterminate less-than-yearly frequency? Consider the following > A plan costs $100 annually. The user can choose to pay semi-annually, amounting to 2 ...
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Would that be correct ? I finished eating at 7:30 AM. = I have eaten at 7:30 AM [closed]

Would that be correct ? I finished eating at 7:30 AM. = I have eaten at 7:30 AM.
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Time in conditional clause

I've gone through a lot of rules on conditional sentences in English and couldn't find the answer. What time should I use in the following comment to a source code? # Rebuild databases if ...
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“Within the past year” vs. “In the past year”

I'm having an argument with a co-worker about phrasing. We have a document that makes reference to someone having experience working "in the past year", and later it states "must have experience ...
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Question on correct way to list time in a list

If I am using time in a list, do I need to write it out? Is this correct? We will leave at either 12:15, 1, 2:30, or 3:15.
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“time” for instants or durations in science

I am trying to describe the evolution of a motion which is composed of smooth parts called "free flights" and instantaneous impacts. For example, consider a bouncing ball: its motion is a succession ...
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'Just now': past, future or both?

I only use it speaking of something that has just been done, i.e. in the very near past. I've finished washing the dishes just now. Can it be used also speaking of something that is about to be ...
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When exactly does “overnight on” certain day happen?

When somebody says for example "That will happen overnight on Wednesday", do they mean it will happen on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, or between Wednesday and Thursday?
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Idiom or phrase for “nickel-and-dime”ing your time?

I'm looking for a phrase for someone who is over-grasping with regards to minutes on their work time-sheet or other time accounting. Someone who will not only charge from the moment they walk in the ...
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How to input during an amount of time?

How do I correctly write someone has been doing this for this certain amount of time? For example: Next 30 years he wrote multiple books. or should I write it: He wrote multiple books in 30 ...
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How do I address a period of time in non-time units?

I need to say that something has been happening for several bus stops. What is the most natural way to do it?
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What is the difference: in 10 minutes' time, in 10 minutes, after 10 minutes [duplicate]

For example, current time is 10:10. then when will the train leave? The train will leave in 10 minutes. The train will leave in 10 minutes' time. The train will leave after 10 minutes. If the ...
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Midnight semantics

I received an email with a discount code valid 'until Saturday midnight' but when I went to use it on Saturday lunchtime it had expired already, at 00:00 Saturday morning. My understanding was that ...
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About time presentation. The latest News should be restricted before 24 hours ago from current time?

I have a web service to provide News. But by the contract, I can only show the latest News before 24 hours ago. That is, if today is 2015-11-24, the news I provided should be before 2015-11-23 Can I ...
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During + a time period (including a dash between two dates) [closed]

During 2000-2010 If I say it in English, should I say "during 2000 and 2010" or something else?
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Over vs during - difference in whether it lasts up to the present? [closed]

I have read the following: we use over when something last up to the present /or future/ and we use during for a definite period of time. So is this wrong? I worked in the company IBM over the ...
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How do you refer to something you will go back in time and do? [closed]

This is quite confusing for me, do you refer to it in future tense, past tense or would there need to be a new tense?
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How can I describe the status which indicates that it's not the time to start the scheduled task

Suppose there is a task scheduled to be started at 15:00, and now it's 14:50. How can I describe this status which indicates that it's not the time to start the scheduled task, and still need to await ...
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Use of the present continuous to refer to timetabled events

One of the things that is constantly confusing for English language learners, but comes with ease to native speakers, is when to use present continuous and when to use present simple. Because of ...
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Deadlines as instants or periods with various verbs and tenses

I was wondering whether a deadline is more of an instant or more of a period. It seems to have some of both aspects, but with more of an emphasis on the instant. I thought that this should be ...
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Phrases that mean “a really long time”? [closed]

I was telling my kids that sometimes there are many ways to say the same thing, especially with idiomatic phrases. I don't know why, but the simple phrase "a really long time" came to mind, and I ...
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At the time vs Of the time

Can anyone explain the difference between "at the time" vs "of the time"? For example: This did not quite fit the prevailing architectural schools at the time it was designed. This did not quite ...
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Is “kudos” given someone for past events only — or does near-future work, too?

Is kudos to be used to wish somebody for only an event that happened to them in the past, or can you also use kudos for an event which is going to happen in the near future?
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Then or Than? Which one is correct? [closed]

which is the correct one? If not, then that e-mail wasn't personally from me. or: If not, than that e-mail wasn't personally from me.
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Is the expanded form of “UTC” ever spelled with an diæresis?

I've always seen "UTC" expanded as Coordinated Universal Time. In addition, both the Wikipedia and Encyclopædia Britannica entries, as well as pretty much every reference to it I've ever seen that I ...
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A Question on Commas

I've noticed that in all sentences I come across which start with an indication of time, there is always a comma after before the sentence is continued. For example: When I was five, I bought my first ...
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How to suggest an alternate time/date?

How to suggest a different time? E.g. Manager asked (in email): "Hi, Can we go through these at 10AM tomorrow?" Can I answer: "Can we move it an hour to 11AM?"
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Can “yesterdays” (plural) be used to denote a range of past days?

So I just learned that "yesterdays" is a word (without the apostrophe). It is the plural of "yesterday". The trouble is, what does plural of "yesterday" really mean? I could not find any example ...
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What's the word for day/night?

So I'm customizing a WordPress (cms) for hotel for a client and he asked me to do add a new functionality that is a options dropdown where the user can select "time" like Time: - Day - ...
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Telling the time - Minute 01 to 09 [duplicate]

What would be the most frequent/common way of telling the time when the minute is between 01 and 09? Is there any difference between BE and AmE? 5:03 -> 1) five oh three 2) five three 3) three ...
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Usage of am/pm with the past/to format

Which of the following sentences is more common? Are they both acceptable? It's twenty-five past seven am. It's seven twenty-five am. I wonder if the usage of am/pm is okay when using the past/to ...
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Words that are their own past tense

Does anyone know of a particular "rule" to know which words are their own past tense (such as "hurt"), and aren't modified for time? I'd like an easy rule to tell my students
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International Time Notation [closed]

I know some ways for time notation. 10 am 10:30 am 10.30 am 1030 am (superscript) I try to understand, is it correct to use superscript in time notation on international website?
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Why do we say 'year 1993' as “nineteen ninety three” instead of “one thousand nine hundred ninety three”?

Why do we read some calendar years by their two-digit place value and not according on their numerical place value like: 1500s as fifteen hundreds and not one thousand five hundreds 1895 as ...