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Telling, Talking, Time

Postby Factorial on Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:54 am

I just told my daughter, "It's quarter of eight", to remind her how much time she has until she needs to leave for the bus. The response, as usual, was "What does that mean?". Does no one use/teach that way of telling others what time it is anymore? Schools don't seem to spend much time teaching kids how to tell time on a real clock.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby Idoit40fans on Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:00 am

I've never understood "quarter of". "Quarter till" makes sense to me.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby Troy Loney on Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:08 am

Quarter till. Maybe she hasn't got to fractions yet.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby columbia on Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:19 am

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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby Gaucho on Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:36 am

It would make sense if quarter of eight meant a quarter past seven.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:36 am

Gaucho wrote:It would make sense if quarter of eight meant a quarter past seven.


Shouldn't quarter of eight technically mean 2:00?
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby npv708 on Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:40 am

The first time I had ever heard anyone use "quarter of" I was in college and was like, say what? I was told to meet someone somewhere an they said that and I stood there trying to figure out what that meant. Apparently a lot of New Englanders use it.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby count2infinity on Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:41 am

the first time i heard the phrase "quarter of" I thought it meant quarter after. quarter til and quarter after make much more sense.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:01 am

5 minutes passed 20 til 8
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby mac5155 on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:16 am

i use "quarter til" and "quarter after" but not half past or anything else really.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby PghSkins on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:19 am

Went to Ireland on business, they use "half" to identify :30. I never quite got if "half eight" was 7:30 or 8:30. I was always either an hour late or early. I'm still not sure which.

Also, I was wasted that entire trip which didn't help.

As far as the OP, my kids know what quarter to 8 means.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby Pavel Bure on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:24 am

Depending on age it's a very tough concept for children to grasp. This is compounded further by there being no real need to tell time on a traditional clock in this day and age.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby Factorial on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:25 am

PghSkins wrote:Went to Ireland on business, they use "half" to identify :30. I never quite got if "half eight" was 7:30 or 8:30. I was always either an hour late or early. I'm still not sure which.

Also, I was wasted that entire trip which didn't help.

As far as the OP, my kids know what quarter to 8 means.


Half past eight is 8:30.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby Factorial on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:29 am

Pavel Bure wrote:Depending on age it's a very tough concept for children to grasp. This is compounded further by there being no real need to tell time on a traditional clock in this day and age.


Draw a circle and draw a line down the middle. Now draw another line making four equal size pieces of the circle. Add the numbers and that's it. I guess I will do this tonight.

Yes, there is a need for knowing this. Just because people have calculators doesn't mean they shouldn't learn how to +. -. *, or / by hand.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby Kaizer on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:33 am

there isnt a need to know it if you just say it right.

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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby steelhammer on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:36 am

Try a hat clock:

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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby PensFanInDC on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:38 am

cant wait for quarter of chili
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby LeopardLetang on Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:13 am

half past chilli sounds a bit gross
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby columbia on Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:15 am

Half passed chili sounds even worse.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby columbia on Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:17 am

I found a clock for you, Factorial:

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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby steelhammer on Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:18 am

Chili:30. Final answer.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby no name on Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:25 am

Everything is digital now, ok we all know what a clock is and how quarters and halves work, but without the visual of a round clock i guess its harder to grasp.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby steelhammer on Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:27 am

no name wrote:Everything is digital now, ok we all know what a clock is and how quarters and halves work, but without the visual of a round clock i guess its harder to grasp.


Hey now. UTC isn't for everyone:

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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby newarenanow on Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:34 am

count2infinity wrote:the first time i heard the phrase "quarter of" I thought it meant quarter after. quarter til and quarter after make much more sense.


I very rarely ever hear "quarter of", but I know what it means.

I use quarter til or quarter after.
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Re: Telling, Talking, Time

Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:19 pm

What does quarter of mean anyways? I use quarter till or quarter after.
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