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• What time is it?

• Hello.

• Today we're looking at 'How to tell the time'.

• First of all, how do we ask what the time is?

• It's very simple.

• So, if someone's asked you 'What time is it?' what are you going to say in response?

• If the clock is on the hour then you can very simply say: 'It's three o'clock.' 'It's three o'clock.'

• However, if you want to specify between morning or afternoon, then you can say 'it's three p.m.'.

• 'P.M.' is for any time between noon and midnight.

• 'A.M.' is for anytime between midnight and noon.

• If the time shows anything between the hour and half past the hour, we use the word 'past'.

• So, we have five past.

• Ten past.

• Quarter past.

• Twenty past.

• Twenty-five past.

• And half past. 'Half past.'

• So, did you notice, actually that the only thing that was slightly odd there was when we got to the quarter.

• Fifteen minutes past.

• Sometimes we will say fifteen minutes past, but it's easy enough to say 'quarter past'.

• It's a quarter of the entire circle.

• It's quarter past.

• Now, anything between the half past position, and back to the hour, we are going to look at 'to'.

• So the word we use is 'to'.

• So we move around.

• Twenty-five to.

• Twenty to.

• Quarter to.

• Now we very rarely say 'fifteen minutes to'.

• Very rarely!

• Ten to.

• Five to.

• Four o'clock.

• Now there are many variations in how you can tell the time.

• Some people like to use the twenty- four-hour clock.

• So instead of '6:30 p.m.,' you might get 'It's 18:30'.

• And Instead of '5:25 a.m.' you might get 'It's 05:25'.

• Just remember that in the beginning half of the hour we say 'past'.

• In the last half of the hour we say 'to'.

• 'Past' and 'to'.

• Oh, look at the time!

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What time is it?

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# Telling the Time: British English

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Elise Chuang posted on 2021/06/30
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