1a. 3:45 rounds up to 4:00, so 3:30 is only fifteen minutes away from “almost suppertime.”
2. If you are supposed to be somewhere at noon and it takes thirty minutes to get there, then you can’t leave at noon. You have to leave at 11:30.
2a. 11:00 is only fifteen minutes away from 11:15, which is “almost time to leave.”
3. The empty dishwasher appears to have plenty of room inside, but this is because it is empty. One should therefore avoid putting dishes in all willy-nilly because this will only cause immense irritation later, when the dishwasher is almost full.
4. Ten transactions at approximately $20 apiece adds up to approximately $200. This is true even though $20 is so much less than $200.