If it is already over 9:35 pm, I will close the main door.

Is this correct? I want to express that , if a specific time is over then I won't allow any one to enter into the hostel.

Please correct me, if I am wrong.

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    Use past (or later than, though that's less common) rather than "already over". We don't usually talk of clock-times being "over" (it makes sense, we just don't do it). Also consider checking out our cool sister site, English Language Learners. – Dan Bron Jan 16 '17 at 20:55
  • Sorry, one question per post please. I've rolled back your edit. If you want to ask the other question about at vs in, I suggest you do so on English Language Learners, as I suggested in my first comment. – Dan Bron Jan 16 '17 at 21:10
  • If it is past 9:35 pm, I will close the main door.- is this correct? – Bacteria Jan 16 '17 at 21:17
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    Usually - The main door is locked at 9.35pm. – Dan Jan 16 '17 at 23:13
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    I think you are perhaps thinking of something (an event) being over by a given time. It is not the time that is over; it is the event. In this context, over just means finished: If the movie is over by 9:30 then.... – Drew Jan 17 '17 at 1:36

People tend to use

When it is past x o' clock, I will...

Rather than using

When it is over x o' clock, I will...

"Past" suggests that time has moved forward in comparison to the specified time, while "over" seems to suggest that time has somehow moved upwards, which doesn't make a lot of sense.

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