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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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In South Africa "half agt" is 7:30 but half past eight is 8:30 or 'half nege". It depends on the language but half eight is ambiguous!

Hi there - I've been also confused about this - but now I know for sure that in UK and USA

half eight means the same like half past eight

Differently in Europe half eight means 7:30 - half of the mentioned hour

my employer always says half past 8.30 so what does it mean? is it 8.30?

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!

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)

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.

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?!?

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

L

silly people!

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