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The time



juanbu
Brazil

The time
 
Hi, Dear ESL Printables Friends,
 
I need some help. What is the correct way of saying:
I wake up at a quarter to seven.
or
I wake up at quarter to seven.
 
Thanks in advance.

12 May 2012      



olga.aragones
Spain

Both.

12 May 2012     



ueslteacher
Ukraine

Ditto:)

12 May 2012     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I would say I wake up at quarter to seven is by far the most common way.

12 May 2012     



juanbu
Brazil

Thanks a lot for your help.Smile

12 May 2012     



foose1
United States

We use at a quarter to seven often.  I wake up at quarter to seven isn t what I would say in America.  I guess my dad would slap me around a bit if I said, "I woke up at quarter to seven."
John

12 May 2012     



juanbu
Brazil

So... Do we have another difference here between American and British English?
American people would say: "I wake up at a quarter to seven", while British people would say: "I wake up at quarter to seven". Is that it?
 
Native speakers, please help me.
 

12 May 2012     



MoodyMoody
United States

Perhaps there s a difference in dialect (I"m from the South), but both "quarter to seven" and "a quarter to seven" sound fine to me. I wouldn t stress over which to use.

12 May 2012     



juanbu
Brazil

Thanks a lot!

12 May 2012