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"It's quarter to five." in German is

Es ist Viertel vor fünf.


     n. (music) E-flat
     n. (psychoanalysis) id
     pron. Nominative and accusative neuter third-person singular personal pronoun
          Wo ist das Buch? Es liegt auf dem Tisch. - Where's the book? It’s on the table.
          Wo ist das Kind? Ich habe es. - Where is the child? I have it.
     v. third-person singular present of sein
          v. (copulative, with a predicate adjective or predicate nominative) to be
               Das ist schön. - That is beautiful.
               Das ist ein Auto. - That is a car.
          v. (with a dative object and certain adjectives) to feel, (to experience a condition)
               Usage: In this sense sein is always conjugated in the third person singular and takes a Dative noun. The impersonal subject es may be present, but is often taken as implied. For example: "Mir i
     n. (fractional) quarter, fourth
     n-n. (clipping of Stadtviertel); quarter, neighbourhood (of a town or city)
     num. a quarter of something (used as an indeclinable adjective)
          ein viertel Kilogramm. - a quarter of a kilogram.
          eine viertel Million. - a quarter of a million.
     prep. in front of, ahead of (relative location in space)
     prep. before, prior to, ahead of (relative location in time)
     prep. ago (location in the past relative to the present)
          vor drei Tagen - three days ago
          vor einiger Zeit - a while ago
     n-f. five
     num. (cardinal) five (numerical value represented by the Arabic numeral 5; or describing a set with five elements)