June 07, 2011


Telling the Time

Asking the time

Here 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 time

To 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 formalless formal

3.00three o'clockthree
3.02just gone three o'clockthree oh two
3.03three minutes past threethree oh three
3.05five past threethree oh five
3.09nine minutes past threethree oh nine
3.10ten past threethree ten
3.15a quarter past threethree fifteen
3.20twenty past threethree twenty
3.21twenty-one minutes past threethree twenty-one
3.25twenty-five past threethree twenty-five
3.30half past threethree thirty
3.35twenty-five to fourthree thirty-five
3.40twenty to fourthree forty
3.45a quarter to fourthree forty-five
3.50ten to fourthree fifty
3.55five to fourthree fifty-five
3.57three minutes to fourthree fifty-seven
3.58nearly four c'clockthree fifty-eight
4.00four o'clockfour

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