Telling the time in English
The word o'clock is used only with exact hours.
We use the word minutes with the figures which can be divided by 5 and in the result don't give a full number.
In American English we use after instead of past and of instead of to.
|10.00||in everyday speech:
It's ten o'clock.
Ten. (very informal)
|10.05||It's five past ten.
(It's) five past (where the hour is known)
|10.15||(a) quarter (NOT: fifteen) past (10)|
|10.35||(It's) twenty-five to (eleven)|
|9.57||three minutes to ten|
|10.38||twenty-two minutes to eleven|
|10.45||AmE. a quarter of eleven|
|10.15||AmE. a quarter after ten|
|10.30||half ten (very informal)|
|10.15||ten fifteen (very informal)|
|10.30||ten thirty (very informal)|
|a.m.||= ante meridiem / before midday|
|p.m.||= post meridiem / after midday|
|12 a.m.||at noon|
|12 p.m.||at midnight|
The time in schedules and timetables:
|09.00||nine hundred hours|
|09.03||nine oh three|
|21.00||twenty-one hundred hours|
|21.03||twenty one oh three|
|21.36||twenty-one thirty six|
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