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18:56 Dec 20, 2000
English to German translations [Non-PRO] Tech/Engineering
Explanation: Normally DREI means "three", as all of us usually think.
However, in the expression, DREI VIERTEL SIEBEN (and in similar clock-time expressions), the detailed English equivalent is "one quarter-hour before seven". Effectively DREI = "one" in this one odd instance!!
German counts the number of quarter-hours that have built up in advance of an hour:
o 6:15 is (EIN) VIERTEL SIEBEN (a quarter-hour one the way toward seven)
o 6:30 is HALB SIEBEN (halfway toward seven)
o 6:45 is DREI VIERTEL SIEBEN (three quarter-hours toward seven)
The same thing is done for any of the clock hours (HALB ELF means 10:30, VIERTEL EINS means 12:45, DREI VIERTEL DREI means 2:45, etc.).