Telling the Time
Giving the time
- Say the hour first and then the minutes (H+M)
6:20 - six twenty
8:09 - eight O-nine
10:11 - ten eleven
2:34 - two thirty-four
- Say the minutes first and then the hour (M + PAST/TO + H)
PAST for minutes 1-30
4:20 twenty past four
5:10 ten past five
1:29 twenty/nine past one
To for minutes 31-59
9:50 ten to ten
4:59 one to five
2:35 - twenty-five to three
When it is 15 minutes past the hour we say:
- a quarter past
1:15 - a quarter past one
When it is 15 minutes before the hour wesay:
- a quarter to
12:45 - a quarter to one
When it is 30 minutes past the hour we say:
- half past
2:30 - half past two (but we can also say three-thirty)
We use o'clock when there are NO minutes.
10:00 - ten o'clock
6:00 - six o'clock
1:00 - one o'clock
Sometimes it is written the number + o'clock:
AM vs PM
We don't use the 24-hour clock in English.
We use a.m. (am) for the morning and p.m. (pm) for the afternoon and night.
4 am - four o'clock in the morning
4 pm - four o'clock in the afternoon
There are 4expressions dor 12 o'clock:
Asking for time
What time is it?
Question forms we use to ask at what time a specific event will happen:
What time does the train to Berlin leave?
When does the concert begin?
Speaking about the different times of the day we often use: in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening but at night!