Category: "What time is it"

Который час? Сколько времени? (без пяти семь)

January 5th, 2009 — posted by Don
To say "It is five minutes to two," a Russian literally says "It is now without five two." The word for “without” is без, which is a preposition that governs the genitive case. The "minute" words are often left out, but not necessarily so. When… more »

Который час? Сколько времени? (пять минут шестого)

January 2nd, 2009 — posted by Don
To the Russian way of thinking, the first hour of the day is made up of the first sixty minutes from midnight to one o'clock (but not including one o'clock). The second hour is from one to just before two. Therefore when saying "It is now 12:01" in… more »

Который час? Сколько времени? (без четверти семь)

January 1st, 2009 — posted by Don
To say that it is quarter till the hour you use the word for quarter which is четверть. 1:45 in Russian comes out «без четверти два», literally “without a quarter two.” The preposition без takes the genitive case, and четверть is a feminine third… more »

Который час? Сколько времени? (четверть седьмого)

December 30th, 2008 — posted by Don
One way to say that it is a quarter past the hour is to use the word for quarter which is четверть. Since the hour between 12:00 and 1:00 is considered the first hour, 12:15 is четверть первого. You will notice that первого is in the genitive case.… more »

Который час? Сколько времени? (половина седьмого)

December 29th, 2008 — posted by Don
One way to say that it is half past the hour is to use the word for half which is половина. Since the hour between 12:00 and 1:00 is considered the first hour, 12:30 is половина первого. You will notice that первого is in the genitve case. That's… more »