How to Tell the TIME
Asking The Time
Common ways for asking the time:
- What time is it?
- What is the time?
- Do you have the time?
- Do you know what time it is?
More polite ways to ask the time (especially from a stranger)
- Can you tell me what time it is, please?
- Could you tell me the time, please?
The question forms we use to ask at what time an event will happen:
- What time…?
Giving the Time
- It’s exactly or about or almost or just gone …
- Sure, it is…
- It is…
- It is seven past ten.
- The time is 9 o’clock.
- Sorry, I am not wearing a watch.
Giving the time at Full Hours: (O’clock /…:00)
We use It is or It’s to respond to the questions that ask for the time right now.
- It is five o’clock. (5:00) or It’s five (less formal)
- It’s ten o’clock (10:00) or I’s ten (less formal)
- It is seven o’clock (07:00) or It’s seven (less formal)
- It’s one o’clock (01:00) or It’s one (less formal)
Giving the time at Half Hours: (…:30)
We use structure “It is half past…” to give the time at half hours.
- It is half past eleven. (11:30) or eleven thirty (less formal)
- It is half past seven. ( 07:30 ) or seven thirty (less formal)
- It is half past one.( 01:30 ) or one thirty (less formal)
Giving the time at Quarter Hours: (…:15 or …:45)
We use two forms of sentence for giving the time at quarter hours:
It is (a) quarter past … (15 minutes after the hour)
It is (a) quarter to … (15 minutes before the hour)
- It is (a) quarter past eight. (8:15) or eight fifteen (less formal)
- It is (a) quarter to three. (02:45) or two forty-three (less formal)
- It is (a) quarter past twelve. (12:15) or twelve thirteen (less formal)
Giving the time at other hours
There are two ways for giving the time at other hours:
Use Past or To (Formal), for example:
- We use PAST for (01 minute to 30 minutes)
- We use TO for (31 to 59 minutes)
It is(it’s) … minutes past /to …
- It’s five minutes to nine. (08:55)
- It’s three minutes past seven. (07:13)
- It is nine minutes to three. (2:51)
- It’s eight minutes past one. (01:08)
Use the structure: “It’s + hour + minutes”, for example:
- It’s eight fifty-five. (08:55)
- It’s seven thirteen. (07:13)
- It is two fifty-one. (2:51)
- It’s one zero-eight. (01:08)
A.M and P.M
We don’t normally use the 24-hour clock in English.
We use a.m. (am) for the morning and p.m. (pm) for the afternoon and night.
- 3am = Three o’clock in the morning.
- 3pm = Three o’clock in the afternoon.