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Are these sentences both correct?

A. It's half past five.

B. It's half an hour past five.


14 Answers

  • Ben
    Lv 5
    2 months ago
    Favourite answer

    B is technically correct, but it sounds unnatural. No one would ever actually say that.

    A is the one you want. 

  • 2 months ago

    Both are grammatically correct. 

    But A. Is the way it's actually said in the  U. S.B. Sound more British upperclass.

    Source(s): American English speaker
  • 2 months ago

    A is more common to use.

  • 2 months ago

    Minutes past/to the hour is British English.  After/before is US/Canadian English but only with small numbers as mentioned below.  I have occasionally heard an American say "quarter after" but never "quarter before" and the "half past..." is exclusively British (possibly Australia/New Zealand).

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  • 2 months ago

    @bluebellbkk:  In the US we never, EVER say "half after five".  Not sure where you got that idea, but you are very much mistaken. "five thirty" is what you would hear in the US.  "It's half after ___" is NOT said in America, ever, not by anyone.  Maybe by foreigners, but not by Americans.

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    "A" is just a short form of "B". They both mean exactly the same thing.

  • 2 months ago

    A is correct.  It is an idiom.

    B is the longer sentence from which A is derived; but nobody actually says it that way.  

  • GiGi
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The time is five thirty.

  • 2 months ago

    Both are grammatically and logically correct, but "B" is unnecessarily wordy. Incidentally, I'm a native-born American, and I've never heard any American say, "It's

    half 'after' five. The only time we use after in this context is in such instances as "it's ten after four, that is, where small numbers are involved.

  • 2 months ago

    While B is not exactly wrong, nobody would actually say it.

    In British English we say "It's half past five" and in American English they say "It's half after five".

    On both sides of the Atlantic we say "It's 5.30".

  • 2 months ago

    "Half past five" is correct, no-one would say "half an hour past five". Americans tend to say "after" rather than "past" but the English speaking world uses "past".

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