One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Thirty minutes after one (two, etc.) o'clock.
- ‘He said, ‘Well, I was asleep between half past one and nine o'clock.’’
- ‘It all started with an intensive lie-in when an invisible force kept me in bed until about half past one in the afternoon.’
- ‘He kept his promise to arrive at the sofa, at which reporters had been waiting, at half past one, and asked in a very grown-up sort of way: ‘How long will the interview last?’’
- ‘I went in afterwards and the next thing I knew, someone looked at their watch and it was half past two in the morning.’
- ‘We turned up just before eight o'clock and left at about half past one in the morning.’
- ‘In other news… it's half past one in the morning.’
- ‘By this time it would have been about half past one, and we slowly made our way back to the hotel, stopping at a few bars on the way home.’
- ‘Oh, I could have written something yesterday, but it was half past one when the last guest left.’
- ‘Some of you might have noticed that some time around half past two yesterday afternoon this site disappeared.’
- ‘I'm looking for people who may have seen something suspicious at about quarter past one to say half past one or quarter to two, in that area.’
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