# Quarter Past and Quarter To

The hands of clock move from left to right. This is called the clock wise motion. When the minute hand is on the right side of the clock, it shows the number of minutes past the hour. When the minute hand is on the left side of the clock, it shows the number of minutes to the next hour.

If we divide a clock into 4 equal parts then each part is one quarter.

When minute hand is at 3, it shows 3 × 5 = 15 minutes, which is one quarter of an hour. The time is said to be quarter past hour. When the minute hand is at 9, it is 9 × 5 = 45 minutes. The time is said to be quarter to the next hour.

15 minutes past 8

or, Quarter past 8

15 minutes past 12

or, Quarter past 8

45 minutes past 1

or, Quarter to 2

45 minutes past 3

or, Quarter to 4

In the given figure, the hour hand is between 2 and 3.

The minute hand is at 3.

The time is

15 minutes past 2

or

two fifteen

or

a quarter past 2.

In the given figure, the hour hand is between 3 and 4.

The minute hand is at 9.

The time is

45 minutes past 3

or

three forty-five

or

a quarter to 4.

Worksheet on Quarter Past and Quarter To:

I. Read and write the time shown on the given clocks in two ways.

I. (i) 5:45, Quarter to 6

(ii) 6:15, Quarter past 6

(iii) 12:45, Quarter to 1

(iv) 10:45, Quarter to 11

(v) 11:45, Quarter past 11

(vi) 2:45, Quarter to 3

II. Match the clock with their respective time.

 1.     Quarter Past 6 A.          8:45 2.     Quarter to 12 B.          4:45 3.     Quarter to 5 C.          11:45 4.     Quarter to 9 D.          6:15

II: (i) → 3 → B

(ii) → 1 → D

(iii) → 4 → A

(iv) → 2 → C

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