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Re: Half past

Posted by Bonusball on July 30, 2004

In Reply to: Re: Half past posted by Gary on July 29, 2004

: : : : : : Does half six in Britain mean the half goes before or after? (ie is half six 5:30 or 6:30)?

: : : : : : Thanks,

: : : : : : Jackie

: : : : : 6:30.

..and we're not Germans..

: : : : The term was originally 'half past six'. In Australian anyway, and probably I imagine the UK too, the 'half six' version evolved more among the working classes.

: : : But beware - in German, and possibly other laguages - 'half six' means 'half way to six', ie 5.30, and not half way past six.

: : So basically, it could go either way. This is just my $.02, but perhaps it would be easier to say 5:30 or 6:30 and eliminate any doubt.

: There isn't any doubt. Half six is 6:30.