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Lesson 9.4

Time

La hora
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There are many ways to express time in English.

1. We can say the numbers as they are:

Examples:

 ten twenty(10:20)
 two fifteen(2:15)
 five forty-five(5:45)

2. When the hour is on the hour, it is expressed using “o’clock”:

Examples:

 nine or nine o’clock
 twelve or twelve o’clock

We cannot say:

six-thirty o’clock

3. When speaking, we do not use the 24 hour clock. To differentiate between the morning and the afternoon, we use “am” (morning) and “pm” (afternoon).

Examples:

 Four [o’clock] in the morning / 4 am(4:00)
 Five [o’clock] in the afternoon / 5 pm(17:00)

4. The following are further examples of how to say the time:

Examples:

 one o’clock(1:00)
 7am(7:00)
 3pm(15:00)
 ten past [after] five(5:10/17:10)
 quarter past [after] six(6:15/18:15)
 half past eight / eight thirty(8:30/20:30)
 twenty to eleven(10:40/22:40)
 quarter to twelve(11:45/23:45)

Note: In British English, 15 minutes after the hour is “quarter past” and in American English, it is more often said, “quarter after”.

5. Asking and telling the time:

Question:

 What time is it?
 What’s the time?

Answer

 It’s …
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