Telling the time in English: how to tell the time

 

Key questions:

  • What time is it?
  • What time do you have?
  • Do you know what time it is?
  • Have you got the time?
  • What time are we at?
  • What hour do you have?
  • How are we doing for time?

 

In English, time is always singular. for example:

  • It is 1 o´clock.
  • It is 2 o´clock.
  • It is 3 o´clock.
  • It is 4 o´clock.
  • It is 5 o´clock.
  • It is 6 o´clock.
  • It is 7 o´clock.
  • It is 8 o´clock.
  • It is 9 o´clock.
  • It is 10 o´clock.
  • It is 11 o´clock.
  • It is 12 o´clock.

 

Key words: British English

Time Key words Example
:00 … o´clock It is 8 o’clock.
:15 quatre past … It is quatre past four.
:30 half past … It is half past six.
:45 quatre to … It is quatre to nine.

 

Key words: American English

Time Key words Example
:00 … o´clock It is three o´clock.
:15 … fifteen It is twelve-fifteen.
:30 … thirty It is eight-thirty.
:45 … forty-five It is six-forty-five.

 

More specific times include:

 

:05 five past …
:10 ten past …
:20 twenty past …
:25 twenty-five past …
:35 twenty-five to …
:40 twenty to …
:50 ten to …
:55 five to …

 

We also have the 24-hour clock. This is used for timetables and in the military.

It is 20:15 – it is twenty-fifteen.

It is 14:20 – it is fourteen-twenty.

 

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