What time is it?
For most, telling the time can be really easy. However, what if someone told it was half past 6? Or a quarter to 9? Would you understand what they meant? Giving someone the time can be said in many ways. Let's look at the basics first.
When the time is: __:00 we say __ o'clock.
9:00 = nine o'clock
3:00= three o'clock
12:00 = twelve o'clock
When the time is: __:30 we say __ thirty.
4:30 = four thirty
7:30 = seven thirty
11:30 = eleven thirty
When the time involves a zero, '0' we say 'o' (as in the letter 'o')
1:05 = one 'o' five
5:09 = five 'o' nine
7:03 = seven 'o' three
When the time involves other numbers here are some examples of the way we say it:
8:13 = eight thirteen
3:57 = three fifty seven
6:25 = six twenty five
1:35 = one thirty five
It is common for people to round up. So for example if the time is 4:58, someone might just say it's 5:00 (five o'clock).
This might be simple and you might have already known this information, if you did, awesome! However, were not done yet. We use other expressions for telling the time. Let's take a look...
4:15 = Besides four fifteen, we can also say it's a quarter past four.
6:30 = Besides six thirty, we can say it's half past six.
11:45 = Besides eleven forty five, we can say it's a quarter to twelve.
1:05 = Besides one 'o five, we can it's five past one.
7:25 = Besides seven twenty five, we can say twenty five past seven.
Sometimes, often in American English, we can use 'till', 'to' or 'after'
7:40 = seven forty / twenty to eight/ twenty till eight
5:05 = five o' five / five after five
Another time expression mistake that is made often is the use of 'noon' and 'midnight.' It would be very confusing if you got these two mixed up as they are completely opposite times of the day!
'noon' = 12:00pm. This is the time when you are perhaps taking your lunch break at work. It's day time.
'midnight' = 12:00am. You are likely sleeping at this time, or maybe if it's the weekend, you're out at the bar. It's night time.
Either way you choose to say the time, as long as it's actually the correct time, is fine. We use these expression interchangeably and if you can't remember how to use them, just go with the simplest version- 6:30 = six thirty. However, it's good to know the other expressions so you can understand someone else when they give you the time.
Take a look at the clocks we have here. There are 8 of them. Try telling the time in as many ways as you can think of. Make sure to type the number of the clock so I know which one you are speaking about. Ready? Go!
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