Topics related to time in written or spoken English

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Is it correct to say “12:00am”?

I've read in various places the first minute of a day described as 12:00am. Now, whilst I personally prefer to use 24h clock notation and therefore don't have this problem as I can simply describe ...
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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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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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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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Is “10 P.M. last night” redundant?

I know that it's redundant to say things like "8:00 A.M. in the morning" or "6:00 P.M. at night." But what if you want to specify that you're talking about a specific night, such as last night? For ...
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Would “pentaminutely” reflect an event that occurs every five minutes?

Would the compound pentaminutely (from penta- and minutely) be correct in describing an event that occurs every five-minutes? Or is there a better word? Edit: For clarity, I'm looking to name an ...
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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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“5 min after” vs. “at 5 min after”

I read the following sentence in Nature: The second test of cocaine seeking was a cue-induced reinstatement test conducted 5 min after the last of the extinction sessions. Would it be correct ...
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Up to now vs until now

I want to say that something is currently completed, in a percentage. Which sentence is correct? Up to now the job has been completed by 10% or Until now the job has been completed by 10% ...
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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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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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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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Which one is correct? “Offer ends at/on 1 March” or “Offer ends 1 March”

Today, avast! program (an anti-virus program for computers) showed me a message that contains: Offer ends 1 March But I also saw some sentences in other forms like: Offer ends on 1 March ...
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December 15th to December 16th

In general, if I say: From December 15th to December 16th Would you expect the range to be from 12/15 00:00 to 12/16 23:59 or would you expect it to be from 12/15 00:00 to 12/15 23:59?
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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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Why “half past” and not “half to”?

When telling time and 30 minutes has gone past an hour, we say “half past”. For instance, half past 4 or half past 5. Why can’t we also say “half to”. For instance, half to 5 or half to 6? Shouldn’t ...
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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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“At the beginning of the century” or “in the beginning of the century”?

At the beginning of the century. In the beginning of the century. How to clearly distinguish when to use at, or in?
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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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Difference between elapsed time and aggregated time

In my timeline diagram, there are 3 items 1st item started at 12Noon and finished at 2PM (2 Hrs) 2nd item started at 3PM and finished at 6PM (3 Hrs) 3rd item started at 5PM and finished at 7PM (2 ...
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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 ...
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Is it right to say “Every ten hours”, “Once in ten hours”, or “Once in every ten hours”?

It’s a website where a listing is updated only once in a hundred hours. But when a user activates paid features, his listing can be updated ten times faster meaning once in ten hours. Which is the ...
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Need a word describing more frequently than monthly, other than semi monthly

We have business processes that happens periodically. These are labeled (in ascending frequency) as Quarterly, Monthly, Semi Monthly, Weekly, Semi Weekly, or Daily. We also have a process that can ...
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Are the phrases “in times like these” and “in times like this” both correct?

They both seem to be widely used. There is the variant "at a time like this", which is clearly correct, but I'm curious about the mismatched "times like this".
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“since 2009” is it inclusive or exclusive?

Assume the following situation: Person A meets person B in the winter of 2009. Then he/she meets the same person in 2010 and 2011. which sentence is true? Since winter 2009 person A has met person B ...
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Can “crepuscular” and/or “twilight” apply to morning half-light as well as in the evening

I know that's "sorta" two questions in one, but I'm stuck in an argument with a guy who says both words can apply to morning half-light. I disagree and think both only apply in the evening. I think ...
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If someone says “by 2015” does that mean before 2015? [duplicate]

Nissan aims to enlarge capacity to produce 450,000 vehicles by 2015" Does this mean that Nissan enlarged capacity by the onset of 2015 (i.e. jan 1 2015)? Or if it's July 15th 2015 can Nissan ...
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Do you say “thirty past six”?

When telling the time, are the following expressions legal or natural to native speakers: e.g.: 1. It's thirty past six (without adding "minutes"). 2. It's half an hour past six (adding "an hour"). ...
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What is a word that means “a span of six months”?

Is there a word that means "a span of six months"? That is, I want to connote a stretch of time that lasts half a year, not an event that happens every six months.
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“Following Tuesday” [duplicate]

If on a Saturday someone refers to the "following Tuesday", which Tuesday is being referenced? The closest Tuesday, or the one after? The first one, or the second one?: SAT SUN MON (TUE) WED THU FRI ...
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What is correct? 'At d/m/y hh:mm' or 'On d/m/y hh:mm'

What is correct, if I want to be specific? On 12/7/2015 12:35 I made a purchase At 12/7/2015 12:35 I made a purchase
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“what are the intentions of this girl” or “what the intentions of this girl are”

I am writing an essay. Can you help me with the order of words. "Even though it is not clear what are the intentions of this girl with respect to this boy, he is totally deluded and wants to buy ...
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Does “within an hour” mean before, after, or both?

Does within mean before or after? Or does it mean both? For example, Do not drink or eat within an hour of these pills.
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Can you say “within 90 days after”?

I understand that you can say, "within 30 days of receiving your application", but I am seeing more and more "within 30 days after your application is received". Is the latter grammatical?
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What to call the time from “midnight to sunset”?

In many religious calendars, the day goes from sunset to sunset. When translating to the civil calendar, you can divide that day into two parts: from sunset to midnight (A), and from midnight to the ...
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“at 8pm”, “on Tuesday”, “tomorrow”

An event can happen at 8pm, it can happen on Tuesday, or it can happen tomorrow (no preposition). Is there a term for these kinds of phrases? Ie, going from 1 -> 1st, 2 -> 2nd, 3 -> 3rd, 4 -> 4th is ...
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Using ‘later’ when the amount of time is a complex phrase

In sentences like ‘The speed 10 seconds later is 3 m/s’ the amount of time is easy to specify. But what can I do if it is a complex phrase? In particular, I should like to express v(t + dt) in words, ...
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Word/phrase to indicate time occupation

If someone has a tight schedule or is a little strange, for the sake of politeness, I want to say him that I am not in a rush and you can take whatever time you need to answer me. Could you please ...
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“next two weeks” vs. “in 14 days from now”

Which one is most appropriate and why? I will have my laptop next two weeks. Or I will have my laptop in 14 days from now.
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Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?

One of the answers to this question states that "We shall discuss it in our today's meeting" is grammatically correct. To me, that sentence is clearly wrong. While in today's meeting is fine and in ...
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How and why did “AM”/"PM” come into play, as opposed to “a.m.”/“p.m.”?

From several sources, including english.stackexchange.com, one should write 3 p.m. instead of 3 PM. How did the all-capitals variant appear, and especially why? Is it because with typewriters and in ...