I wanted to say that someone went out one hour before the current time, can I say it as "he went out one hour back", or does it sound awkward?

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    An hour ago. Ago is the standard term for this.
    – Xanne
    Sep 14, 2020 at 3:30
  • @Xanne One went out one hour ago, true, but one turns a clock one hour back. I think this merits a discussion. Sep 14, 2020 at 5:24
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    @MicahWindsor The OP asked about something that happened an hour before now, not about turning clocks back. Sep 14, 2020 at 8:10
  • @KateBunting I just thought it might be a good idea to clarify the meaning and proper usage of "one hour back", especially since OP may (or may not) be an ELL. Sep 14, 2020 at 13:41

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"He went out one hour ago."

The definition of "ago" is "Before the present" or "Before now." Therefore, "He went out one hour ago" means the same thing as "He went out one hour before now."

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