Telling the Time
Asking the timeHere are some phrases you can use when you want to know the time:
- What's the time?
- What time is it?
- Have you got the right time?
- What time do you make it?
Telling the timeTo tell someone what the time is, we can say "The time is..." or, more usually, "It's...". Here is a typical dialogue:
|Question:||What's the time, please?|
|Answer:||It's three o'clock.|
The chart below shows you two different ways to tell someone what the time is.
|more formal||less formal|
|3.02||just gone three o'clock||three oh two|
|3.03||three minutes past three||three oh three|
|3.05||five past three||three oh five|
|3.09||nine minutes past three||three oh nine|
|3.10||ten past three||three ten|
|3.15||a quarter past three||three fifteen|
|3.20||twenty past three||three twenty|
|3.21||twenty-one minutes past three||three twenty-one|
|3.25||twenty-five past three||three twenty-five|
|3.30||half past three||three thirty|
|3.35||twenty-five to four||three thirty-five|
|3.40||twenty to four||three forty|
|3.45||a quarter to four||three forty-five|
|3.50||ten to four||three fifty|
|3.55||five to four||three fifty-five|
|3.57||three minutes to four||three fifty-seven|
|3.58||nearly four c'clock||three fifty-eight|