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"Arriviamo a casa alle diciotto."

June 19, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/toddsjordan

It's 24 hour clock.... 6am is sei, 6pm is diciotto because in 24 hour clock it's written as 18:00.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Quazar

OMG I am ashamed I didn't connect that. but isn't that pronounced eighteen hundred?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/toddsjordan

I've not heard it pronounced that way yet, but I could well be, I'm not an expert!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ziggKogg

diciotto means both 6pm and 18?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Quazar

I know, that's messed up right.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ackworth

Surely pm is better than six in the evening!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterC93

It's not that messed up guys! "diciotto" only means 6 when referring to time, in the same way that some people would say eighteen hundred hours to say 6 pm.

When talking about numbers rather than time, 'diciotto' is just 18 !


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Quazar

But it is messed up cause military time they don't say 18, that makes no sense. They say 1800, so no it doesn't make sense at all.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterC93

OK , I'm used to 24 hour clock so it's not a huge problem for me to see '18' and think 6 pm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Quazar

Ok well you aren't used to a correct military clock then. If I said meet me at 18, you would have no clue what I meant. but if I said meet me at 1800 you would know. No one say I leave at 21, they say 2100.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterC93

Well I am familiar with a military clock how ever it wouldn't be common in English to say "let's meet at 1800 hours" anyway.. As in English we would just say see you at 6 and the assumption is made depending on the time in the day really even without saying '6 in the evening' . In Italian how ever, they are more familiar with a 24 hour clock, hence the use of 'diciotto'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Quazar

Dude I am American and it's very common to say 1800, I have never heard anyone say 18.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterC93

oh right, in London no one would say 1800. With that in mind no one would say 18 either, I'm more referring to when writing, if someone said in Italian , let's meet at 18 I would hear it in a different context I suppose, like not translating literally just getting the context from it

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