Is it correct to use ..."a quarter past to five" instead of "a quarter past five" for 5:15 ? I have watched "a QUARTER PAST TO" in a you tube video.I also googled it but couldn't find it. The link to the video is https://youtu.be/0_-HYgJNimY
I had to watch the video myself, just to be sure...
The presenter speaks mostly in his native tongue and very little English, the English phrases he does say are reeled off so quickly it's quite a challenge to catch every word.
After watching a couple of minutes, I can say, hand on heart, that the person is utterly and completely wrong.
Here are some of the different ways to tell the time which is displayed on the screen above
- Twelve fifteen
- Fifteen after twelve (American English)
- Quarter past twelve
- A quarter past twelve (British English, and quite formal)
Please do not watch any further video lessons of his. Your English will not improve!
I haven't heard it!
Nevertheless, 'to' is prominent when it is about to hit some number and not pass.
It's quarter to seven
The hands are now hitting 7 o'clock.
It's quarter past seven
The hands have passed 7 o'clock.
Now since the question is edited and a link is put, I can surely say that the person in video is Indian and makes no sense!
Be cautious when you see a non-native teaching English! :P