shouldn't it be four o'clock not for o'clock...

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It’s for-thirty, and I might as well get up. The last time I looked at the clock, it was four-fifteen.

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The last time I looked at the clock, it was four-fifteen.
asked Feb 09 '13 at 06:51 Dollie Mason New member

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Dollie,

 

You are correct that it should be four-thirty.  However, times are written using numbers, not words.

 

It’s 4:30, and I might as well get up. The last time I looked at the clock, it was 4:15.

 

I hope this helps. 

link comment answered Feb 09 '13 at 08:33 Shawn Mooney Expert
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You are correct in your subject line.  Four o'clock is correct.  "For" is not a number. 

 

I believe that the question of whether to spell out the words or write numerals is a question of style.  Some style guides might suggest that on the hour should use o'clock, and the number should be spelled out.  A formal wedding invitation will have all numbers and times spelled out: at three thirty in the afternoon.  In most cases we use numerals, though, as Shawn noted.

link comment answered Feb 09 '13 at 09:47 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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