There are many ways to express time in English.
1. We can say the numbers as they are:
2. When the hour is on the hour, it is expressed using “o’clock”:
We cannot say:
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).
4. The following are further examples of how to say the time:
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: