Posted by **rfvv** on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 9:10pm.

1. It is a quarter past seven.

2. It is a quarter after seven.

3. It is a quart to seven.

4. It is a quarter before seven.

(#1 is the same as #2, right? #3 is the same as #4? Why is 'to' used here in #3 instead of 'before'?)

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**Ms. Sue**, Friday, June 18, 2010 at 10:00pm
# 1 and 2 are the same.

If 3 is "quarter to seven," then 3 and 4 are the same. We don't usually use # 4, though.

For this meaning, "to" and "before" have the same meaning.

As a native English speaker, I can't really explain all of the nuances of our prepositions.

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