Is there any difference between 「お昼前」 and 「午前」 in both meanings and the circumstances used?
The same question for 「お昼過ぎ」 and 「午後」.
Thanks in advance.
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午前 (=a.m.) refers to 12 hours from midnight to noon. Likewise, 午後 (=p.m.) refers to 12 hours from noon to midnight.
お昼前 refers to a short period before noon. When お昼前 starts is not strictly defined, but 9:00 is probably not お昼前 and 10:30 is probably お昼前. Likewise, 昼過ぎ refers to one or two hours just after noon.