I have heard '1/2 hour' spoken as 'a half hour' and '1 hour' spoken as 'one hour', but I don't know how to say '1/4 hour' or '3/4 hour'?. So can any one tell me how to say these?

Note: I am not looking for '15 minutes' or '45 minutes'.

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    Use "quarter of an hour" and "three quarters of an hour". – Ste Jul 12 '16 at 11:04
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    Hi Vinothkumar, if you have any other questions about how to say things in English, the best place to ask is English Language Learners. – Chappo Jul 12 '16 at 11:09
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Ste's answer is correct ("quarter of an hour" and "three quarters of an hour") and another option is "quarter past" and "quarter of". You can read more about that convention here: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/6758/what-does-ten-of-six-mean-in-regard-to-time

  • In British English, 9:45 is usually "a quarter to ten" rather than "a quarter of ten", although the latter is occasionally heard. – Andrew Leach Jul 12 '16 at 12:39

Also relevant, the expressions "top of the hour" and "bottom of the hour" refer to the next coming hour and 30 minutes past the hour respectively.

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