Telling The Time

In English, there are different ways to tell the time. One way is to simply say the numbers like in these examples: 12:15- twelve fifteen, 1:30 one thirty and 2:45- two forty-five. Another way is to use the words "past" to indicate the minutes after the hour. This is used only for times not beyond 30 minutes. Fifteen minutes past an hour is called "quarter" while thirty minutes is called "half" as in the following: 12:15-a quarter past twelve and 1:30 is half past one. Notice that a colon is used to separate the hour part from the minute part. This is common used in American English. Another way to write time is by placing a dot to separate hours from minutes like these times: 2.40 , 4.15, and 7.05. This is commonly used in British English. It is also common to say "oh" to refer to the zero that comes before numbers 1 to 9. Take note of the following examples: 9:02 nine oh two, 10:04 is ten oh four and 3:02 is three oh two.
When asking about the time, the following questions are asked: What time is it?; Could you tell me what time it is?( formal); What's the time (informal). Another informal way is to say "Have you got the time?"

Time can be expressed using the 24 hour clock. So the hours part is not only limited to 12 hours. Hours are expressed using numbers 0 to 23. 11:00 in the morning is written in the same manner while 11:00 in the afternoon is expressed as 23:00. Using time indicators-am and pm is also important. So each twelve hour is called a.m. (from the Latin ante meridiem, meaning "before midday") and p.m. (post meridiem, "after midday; for example 5 am for morning and 5pm for afternoon.
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