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quinze rather than et quart trente and rather than et demie with "above 12" times

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Paul

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17 March 2018

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quinze rather than et quart trente and rather than et demie with "above 12" times

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Paul

Kwiziq community member

17 March 2018

17/03/18

"probably for pronunciation (and elegance) reasons", and also because the convention (at least in English) to always say the numbers when using the 24-hour clock. e.g. 15:15 is fifteen fifteen, never fifteen and a quarter, or a quarter past fifteen. 

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

30 May 2018

30/05/18

Hi Paul,


Indeed, with the 12 hour clock you will use 'et quart', 'et demie'moins le quart etc. but with the 24 hour clock you will use quinze, trente, and quarante cinq.


Just be aware the French love using the 24 hour clock!

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