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What does "half eight" mean? Answered

I was watching one of the Lewis mysteries last night and they kept saying "half eight or half eleven".  Is that half before or half after the hour?

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Re-design (author)steveastrouk2010-09-30

Thanks, I knew you or L would answer this.

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KarlH17 (author)2018-02-06

Me too DCI Lewis got me. Glad for the answer

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L33R (author)2011-04-15

Half Eight = 8:30

Its half past the hour so

Half Seven = 7:30

Half Six = 6:30

and so on....

A quarter to nine = 8:45

A quarter past Nine = 9:15

Get it!

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Obi-Wahn (author)2010-09-30

Technically, it's both.

But in fact it's 30 min before the hour.
half eight is 7:30
half eleven is 10:30

(at least in Austria)

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craftyv (author)Obi-Wahn2010-10-01

Hi! I'm from England and can assure you that "half eight" means half an hour PAST eight. Therefor half eleven is half an hour past eleven.

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Obi-Wahn (author)craftyv2010-10-02

Well, at least in Germany and Austria (I live there), with the term "half eight" it's 7:30 meant.

So I assume it's the same for America and England/UK, but as far as my english lessons go, I'm used to "half past eight" which means 8:30.

IMHO the term "half eight" isn't use in US/UK, is it?!?

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lemonie (author)2010-09-30


I would have said "half (past) eight" meaning 8:30.
You know French-people say "a half to- ?"

L

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Re-design (author)lemonie2010-10-01

We say " a quarter of " or "a quarter to".

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paulcauchon (author)2010-09-30

silly people!

half eight is four and half eleven is five and a half!

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