It’s 5 to 9 (Official clock system).

08:55

It’s 5 to 9.

Correct answer

09:05

It’s 5 past 9.

Error: mirror minute hand about the vertical axis

08:49

It’s 11 to 9.

Error: read minutes as hours with ‘past’ or ‘to’

11:40

It’s 20 to 12.

Error: confuse hour and minute hands