What is ‘relevance time’?

What is ‘relevance time’ in the chart below? And would you compare it with ‘narrative time’? (Angela Downing, English Grammar: A University Course) (StoneyB’s answer in ELL) Answer In this Reference Time refers to the time that has already gone by or the past. Narrative time, is the continuation or the present/future events. The example … Read more

What’s the difference between “in winter” and “in the winter”?

Reading an old XKCD comic I found this sentence (you must hover the mouse over the picture to see it): There are probably children out there holding down spacebar to stay warm in the winter! I’ve never heard “in the winter”, only “in winter”. I’ve found a discussion on WordReference, where they seem to say … Read more

When can we omit the preposition “on” before weekdays

I am a bit confused. When can we omit the preposition on before weekdays? (Monday, Tuesday etc.) Sometimes I read weekdays without the preposition on. If the preposition is left out, does it work the same way, or does it change the meaning? Example without the preposition The UGC issued the public notice Monday after … Read more

Is “thirty past seven” acceptable?

If it is seven thirty, we can also say “half past seven”. I am wondering whether “thirty past seven” is acceptable. Answer “Half past seven” is the common expression. The following picture may help you and please see here: AttributionSource : Link , Question Author : April 0101 , Answer Author : Community

Do I need to say “o’clock”?

Do I need to say “o’clock” after each time? Tell me, please, how to pronounce the following sentence: From 9.00 to 10.00 – registration of conference participants And how to say: From 12.00 – to 14.00 Answer No. When it is clear you are talking about a time (as it is here) “o’clock” is optional, … Read more