When we talk time, I know I can say eleven thirty or half-past eleven for 11:30. But how about eleven and a half? Is it correct?

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    You really can say almost anything, but this is not idiomatic.
    – Andrew
    Mar 11, 2018 at 20:39
  • Why not look up "telling time in English" before asking. Spanish: Las once y media. Portuguese: as onze e meia.
    – Lambie
    Mar 11, 2018 at 21:02
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    In colloquial British English, "Half eleven" - I don't think Americans say that. But not "eleven and a half".
    – Colin Fine
    Mar 11, 2018 at 23:10

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No. That is not a standard way of talking about time. Have you ever heard anyone use "eleven and a half" when talking about time?

When telling the time, "half past eleven", or "eleven thirty" is correct.

When describing a duration you can say "I was working for eleven and a half hours".

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    Thanks, I thought it wasn't, but I needed to make sure.
    – Zenildo
    Mar 11, 2018 at 20:36
  • Have you learned any foreign languages? Would consider "Have you ever heard this phrasing" to be a helpful question if you had question about a foreign language you were learning? Mar 11, 2018 at 20:51
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    @Accumulation - It’s also a fair question, though. (I learn about new phrases quite often while perusing ELL. Just because I’ve never heard it here in the US doesn’t mean it’s not commonly used somewhere like New Zealand.) The OP didn’t say whether this was heard somewhere, read somewhere, or just a curiosity.
    – J.R.
    Mar 11, 2018 at 21:06
  • Yes I have studied foreign languages. I ask "have you heard this phrasing" as a genuine question. Sometimes people have been told things by teachers who don't speak English well. Sometimes they have misunderstood a lesson. It is correct to say "eleven and a half hours" to describe a duration, so there is potential for confusion. Extra details could help me write a better answer.
    – James K
    Mar 11, 2018 at 21:06
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    @Lambie - English is not my first language, I live in Brazil and I teach English here. One of my students asked me this question. I was pretty sure this is not right, and I told him. I know that if I google "how to say the time in English", this phrase won't appear as an option, but I wanted to ask a native speaker in case there was any sort of exception.
    – Zenildo
    Mar 11, 2018 at 22:02

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