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is it right?



veljaca82
Bosnia and Herzegovina

is it right?
 
Hi, dear fellow teachers. Hope you are all feeling well.

I have a question for you. I came around a test where it says "It īs a quarter to six". It seems a bit awkward to me to see "a" here but maybe it īs just me. What do you think?

Greetings from snowy Sarajevo!

9 Dec 2010      



pilarmham
Spain

Hello Veljaca,
 
I think both are correct, a quarter to six and quarter to six, although you can only say half past six (with no article).
 
Cheers!

9 Dec 2010     



braincrusher
France

When I was young, I was taught it īs a quarter past or it īs a quarter to. Now I teach both
a quarter past or quarter past even though I have a strong preference for the determiner version.

9 Dec 2010     



libertybelle
United States

I īve never said anything but a quarter to six.  It doesn īt feel strange to me!

9 Dec 2010     



veljaca82
Bosnia and Herzegovina

ThanxThumbs Up

9 Dec 2010     



Jayho
Australia

Both are perfectly acceptable in Oz

9 Dec 2010     



Zora
Canada

Ditto. Smile

10 Dec 2010     



inmanena
Spain

Hello, my mom is English and we īve always said a quarter to .... and a quarter past ...... but as things are changing they īre both correct nowadays.
 
 
Hugs

10 Dec 2010     



blunderbuster
Germany

Hi,

check the key to this ws, veljaca.

10 Dec 2010