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Is it right to write:

  1. At quarter (to) seven I have breakfast with my Xyz.

My understanding is that it must be:

  1. I have breakfast with my Xyz in the kitchen at quarter seven.

because I was taught that the time expression must always be the very last part of the sentence.

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    Where did you see that "rule"?
    – Cascabel
    Jan 20 at 18:03
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    Also "quarter seven" isn't valid English. You can write "quarter to seven" and "quarter past seven" but not just "quarter seven".
    – KillingTime
    Jan 20 at 18:04
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    You can say "half seven" (7:30) (especially if you are a Brit), but not "quarter seven".
    – fev
    Jan 20 at 18:09
  • Added fix. The focus is more on the structure (order) of the sentence. Not a big fan of the word "quarter" - prefer to use 15 to 7 (likely this is also broken-English).
    – DraganS
    Jan 20 at 22:17
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    There is no such rule. Put it wherever you like based on the emphasis you wish to give relative to the emphasis of the other parts. At a quarter to seven I have breakfast with my wife. I have breakfast with my wife at a quarter to seven. I have breakfast at a quarter to seven every day with my wife. With my wife, I have breakfast at a quarter to seven. ...
    – Jim
    Jan 20 at 22:20
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You're almost there! This is almost correct. However, the correct expression would be either "quarter to seven", or "quarter past seven".

There is evidence of this in this Ngram search. As you can see, there is much usage of the term quarter to/past.

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  • Yeah, my bad. Thanks. Will remember to use to the next time :)
    – DraganS
    Jan 20 at 18:39
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    You did nothing to defend or disprove the OP's rule time expression is always the last part of the sentence. Jan 20 at 18:42
  • @niamulbengali it will be hard for me to fight for it? As far as I remember from school whenever in a sentence there are an object, place, time => the last part of the sentence should be time expression - helping my kind to finish her homework. Honestly, still didn't get whether we can use both form I've mentioned in the question.
    – DraganS
    Jan 20 at 22:13

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