Tuesday, 26 January 2016

telling the time

Approximately
  around/about/nearly/just before/coming up to three / three-ish = 2.56 and 2.59
  just after / just gone three = 3.01—3.04

Accurately
  6.00 BrE   6:00 AmE  (note the punctuation)
  six / six o’clock  

  6.01 (BrE) / 6:01 (NAmE)
  six O one /
  a (one) minute past six (BrE) / a minute after six (AmE)

  6.05 (BrE) 6:05 (NAmE)
  six O five/
  five (minutes) past six  (BrE)/ five (minutes) after six (AmE)

 6.15 / 6:15
  six fifteen / (a) quarter (not fifteen) past six (BrE)  / (a) quarter past six (AmE)

 6.30 / 6:30
  six thirty / half past six (BrE)  / half after six (AmE)

 6.45 / 6:45
  six forty-five / (a) quarter to seven (BrE)  / (a) quarter of (before) seven (AmE)

 12.00 twelve/twelve o’clock/midday/twelve noon
 12.00 twelve/twelve o’clock/midnight/ twelve midnight



Railways, airlines, the military use the 24-hour clock.

Times are read or said as numbers:
17.15 = seventeen fifteen hours (5.15 p.m.)
20.00 = twenty hundred hours (8 p.m.)
04.50 = four fifty hours (4.50 a.m.)
16.30 = sixteen thirty hours (4.30 p.m.)



Wake me (up) at seven/ seven o’clock.
Wake me (up) at twenty to seven. (not twenty to seven o’clock)


asking the time:                      response

What’s the time?          }
What time is it?            } 3.28 three twenty eight
Have you got the time? }
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comparing the time by different watches:

what time do you make it?  Four ten. (4.10)

I make it ten past four.   That’s right.



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