Topics related to time in written or spoken English

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“each day” → “daily”; “every other day” →? [duplicate]

Is there an adjective that means "every other day"? I found "bidaily" but it seems to mean "twice a day", not "every second day" (not even both as "biweekly" does). I'd need this word to very ...
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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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When did ironic use of “as in” start?

As far as I (as non-native speaker) understand the words as in, this is short for for instance, as in: Understanding “that” as in this statement It's my impression that at some point in time ...
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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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Is there such a thing as a “pre-anniversary”? Or a better word?

I suddenly find myself trying to describe a date that's an exact number of years before a scheduled event and I can't think of a better word to describe it than "pre-anniversary" or maybe even ...
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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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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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best way to say the 24 hour time [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should one say times aloud in 24-hour notation? Which words can be used to say time in 24 hour format? If, for instance, for 4:00 one might say "four o'clock", is it ...
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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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English notation for hour, minutes and seconds

I often see English notation about time using the " and ' symbols. I have always mistaken about the two, and even their meaning. I'm more used to "01:05:56", for example. How do you represent the ...
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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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What does “8/7c” mean?

I just saw an update on Facebook saying: Watch Russell present LIVE at the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards. Tonight at 8/7c on FOX. What does "8/7c" mean?
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Is there a term for the period between midnight and sunrise?

The period between sunrise and noon is called "morning", between noon and sunset is "afternoon". Is there a term for the period between midnight and sunrise? Edit/Clarification: Wikipedia defines ...
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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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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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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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Which day does “next Tuesday” refer to?

At what point does next Tuesday mean the next Tuesday that will come to pass and no longer the Tuesday after the Tuesday that will come to pass? And, when does the meaning switch back? ...
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Doing two things at once without conjuction

Are the following sentence, for two things going on at once, grammatically correct? Tom is doing laundry singing a song. It is not easy to go to school working part-time. I saw an accident riding my ...
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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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Is there any difference between “monthly average” and “average per month”? [closed]

I have trouble understanding if I should use "monthly average" or "average per month" when asking someone to calculate monthly average of a variable, e.g. heating expenses. Is there any difference, if ...
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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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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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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 do they express the time, in American and British English?

I don't know if this is a good question. But as far as I know, and as I do it, American English also say "after" other than "past" in expressing times. For example, a quarter after six instead of, a ...
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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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between (year) and (year), by which time

"In a study in the Bahamas, lionfish abundance was found to have increased rapidly between 2004 and 2010, by which time lionfish accounted for nearly 40% of the total predator biomass in the system." ...
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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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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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How are 24-hour (military) times read aloud?

I understand you read 2000 aloud as twenty hundred hours and 0000 as zero hours. How then do you read 0001 and 0010?
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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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'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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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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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?