Alternate Way of 'Half Past the Hour

Michael

Kwiziq community member

3 September 2016

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Alternate Way of 'Half Past the Hour

Is it acceptable to alternatively say 'il est cinq heures et trente' as well as '...et demie/demi'? I ask because I noticed the structure for expressing time is identical to Italian, where one can use '...e trenta' as well as '...e mezzo' for expressing half past the hour.

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Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

3 September 2016

3/09/16

Bonjour Michael, I recently saw this lesson on kwizik. Yes, apparently, you can use either expression for the half hour, but it's more 'elegant' to use only 'trente' after mid-day! Up until mid-day, it's ok to use either expression. Cheryl

Michael

Kwiziq community member

4 September 2016

4/09/16

Hello Cheryl. Thank you very much for taking a moment to answer my question. As well, thank you for the extra bit about when to use them... I had no idea!! Bonne journée. Michael

Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

5 September 2016

5/09/16

De rien! I remember the rule about using trente & also quinze instead of et demi & et quart after mid-day, by thinking about the film The Gremlins: "don't feed them or get them wet after midnight!". ..et demi & et quart are the Gremlins: don't use them after mid-day. Cheryl

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

5 September 2016

5/09/16

Just a little precision to Cheryl's very informative comments ;) When you use "trente" or "quinze", you don't need the "et" : Il est quinze heures trente. / Il est trois heures et demie. Il est treize heures quinze. / Il est une heure et quart.

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