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  1. Tiobraid Arainn Abu!

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    Default What does quarter of one mean (referring to time)?

    Anybody know? I've seen this written a few times recently.

    eg: Quarter of One
    Does it mean quarter to one, or quarter past, or quarter past 12 or what?

    Strange question, but I must know...

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    Quarter of one means 12:45 or quarter to one.
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    It means someone doesn't know how to say quarter TO one.
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    are you sure its not quarter OFF one? because my dad says that all the time meaning quarter to. same as using "from". 5 minutes from one makes perfect sense, but doesn't sound quite right! they work, but i've never felt the need to say it myself, as there are less confusing words that can be used, that also everyone understands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bezavic
    are you sure its not quarter OFF one? because my dad says that all the time meaning quarter to. same as using "from". 5 minutes from one makes perfect sense, but doesn't sound quite right! they work, but i've never felt the need to say it myself, as there are less confusing words that can be used, that also everyone understands.
    actually 5 from doesn't really work too well (nor does OFF really) because it could be 5 minutes or w/e in either direction.

    "Quarter of One" is a prime example of a really poor phrase that is commonly used. Kind of like "I could care less." People say that when they are trying to say that they don't care at all!

    Imagine time as a number line. If you aren't giving the exact time (i.e. telling some one 12:45) you must specify which side the degree of change lies on.

    EXAMPLE: 5 from 1 could be either

    12:55.....1:00.....1:05

    However 5 to 1 can only be

    12:55.....1:00 since it implies that we haven't reached 1:00 yet and we can assume time won't go in reverse.

    Unfortunately I don't have a good answer for your specific question. If some one said it to me though I would actually take it to mean 1:15. I look at it like a football game. It'd be kinda like if it was the first quarter of a game.
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    same diff.
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    I COULDNT care less hahaha....


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    Gotta be another English thing. Dare I say... Yes I think I do... "Only the British."

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    i'd noticed a lot of americans saying "i could care less". what, so you care then?! its couldn't care less, which makes sense and is the actual phrase. someones been lazy somewhere and lost an "n't"!

    and "from" is usually paired with "since" which is another odd way of saying "past" (e.g. 5 since 1 for 5 past 1) it makes time seem like you're on a journey. "where are we?" "5 minutes since/from wherever" from suggests you are about to arrive, or are moving towards, since is saying it has already been and gone. you can't be "from" a time in any direction really, unless time isn't constant and can be reversed...(what are you hiding?!)

    but hell, its language and you can do what the hell you want with it as long as at least 1 other person understands what you're talking about!
    Last edited by Bezavic; 01-08-2008 at 10:07 AM.
    i play a mapex saturn in galaxy burst
    22 x 20, 12 x 9, 16 x 16

    with either a black panther steel snare: 14 x 5.5, or a mapex saturn snare: 14x7

    alongside sabian aax, hh, vault and paiste 2oo2 cymbals

    and i practise on a roland TD3

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    I'm sure we could always care less (i.e. someone cared enough to write "I couldn't care less") so "could" probably has more truth in it.

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