# What does a quarter past 6 mean?

It is twenty to six (morning / afternoon).

or:

It's twenty Minutes before six.

In everyday life, the time is usually given in an informal way.

• The 12-hour count is used.
• If necessary, you add In the morning, morning, at noon, in the afternoon, in the evening or at nightto make the time of day clear.
• You name the minutes first and then the hours.
• With the prepositions in front and to you can specify the interval to the full hour (plus / minus twenty minutes) or half an hour (less than ten minutes).
• At 15-minute intervals on the hour, the number of minutes is not given, but the word is used quarter:
5:45 pm: It is quarter before six.
6:15 pm: It is quarter after six.
• In the case of half an hour one does not name the number of minutes either, but says:
It is half + the number of the next full hour:
17:30: It is half six.

Overview:

 12:00 o'clock It is twelve o clock. 12:05 p.m. It's five (minutes) to twelve. 12:10 p.m. It's ten (minutes) to twelve. 12:15 p.m. It's quarter to twelve.* 12:20 p.m. It's twenty (minutes) to twelve. 12:25 p.m. It's five (minutes) before half one. 12:30 pm It is half one. 12:35 p.m. It's five (minutes) past half one. 12:40 p.m. It's twenty (minutes) in front one. 12:45 p.m. It's quarter in front one.* 12:50 p.m. It's ten (minutes) in front one. 12:55 pm It's five (minutes) in front one. 13:00 'O clock It is one o'clock.**

In some parts of Germany they also say:

12:15 pm: It's a quarter past one.

12:45 pm: It is three quarters one.

** The word is often used at full hours Clock. There is a special feature of the number one: when you use the word Clock used, they say: a. When you get the word Clock not used, they say: one