about eleven vs almost eleven


Senior Member
Malaysia English
The last bus leaves at eleven o'clock. It's about eleven o'clock now. Hurry up!

Should I use 'almost eleven' ?

Thanks in advance.
  • Harry Batt

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Context determines which way you would designate the meaning of time. Where you are running late it would be idiomatic to stress that a deadline time has nearly arrived. But, where time is not important or only a casual fact you need only refer to time in the broad sense.


    Senior Member
    "Almost" means just before, not after. In other words 10:59:59 and 11:00:01 are both "about eleven o'clock", and 10:59:59 is "almost eleven o'clock", but 11:00:01 is "just past eleven o'clock".
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