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18:56 Dec 20, 2000
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
Tech/Engineering
English term or phrase: three
the number three
kristen
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naYes, but "one" in one quirky but common idiom.Wigtil
nadrei
Parrot


  

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drei


Explanation:
ordinal: dritt-

Parrot
Spain
Local time: 04:30
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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Yes, but "one" in one quirky but common idiom.


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.).

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