why is a quarter to "moins le quart," but "moins quart," is not allowed?

FionaA2

why is a quarter to "moins le quart," but "moins quart," is not allowed?

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ChrisC1Correct answer

Hi Fiona,

there's no justification except "that's just the way it is".

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

The way to think of it is moins le quart literally means minus the quarter.

Example:

Il est cinq heures moins le quart. Think of this as ... It is five o'clock minus the quarter which would make it 4:45.

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why is a quarter to "moins le quart," but "moins quart," is not allowed?

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