# Telling Time in English

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Telling Time Quiz

LET’S LEARN HOW TO READ A DIGITAL CLOCK IN ENGLISH.

A.) We tell the time by saying the HOUR+ MINUTES.

The time is five forty-five AM, or five forty-five in the morning.

B.) ON the HOUR, we say just the hour, or we say the hour+O’clock, AM/PM, in the morning/afternoon/evening/at night.

The time is 9:20 PM.

C.) When it is between 1 and 9 minutes after the hour, we use the letter O instead of the number zero.

The time is 11:o8. (We say eleven oh-eight.)

Notice these common expressions, and use the correct one to match the pictures in the following dialogue:
Around the time means just before or after the time.
Almost the time means just before the time.
Just past/after means the time has past.

A. Excuse me.
A. What time is it, please?
B. Let me look at my watch. It is ___________ 9:00AM/6PM/4 in the afternoon.
A. Thank you.
B. No problem. Happy to help.

LET’S PRACTICE:

LET’S LEARN HOW TO READ AN ANALOG CLOCK IN ENGLISH.

There are 2 methods for telling time with an analog clock.

METHOD ONE: This method is the same as above. It is simply the HOUR followed by the MINUTES.

The time is 11 O’clock.

The time is 11:15

What time is it?

It is…

What time is it?

It is…

METHOD TWO:

In the second method, we start with the MINUTES first and then the HOUR.
Think of the clock in two part, the right side and the left side. On the right side, we say the minutes after the hour that it is currently. On the left side, we say the minutes until the following hour.

What time is it?

It is 5 past 11.

What time is it?

HINT: MINUTES PAST HOUR

NOW LET’S LOOK AT THE LEFT SIDE: MINUTES UNTIL THE FOLLOWING HOUR

What time is it?

It is 5 to 12.

What time is it?

It is… HINT: MINUTES UNTIL THE FOLLOWING HOUR + TO + THE FOLLOWING HOUR

LET’S ADD THE LAST PIECE TO METHOD TWO:

When the minute hand points to 3 and 9 on the clock, we substitute the minutes for QUARTER.
When the minute hand points to 6, we substitute the minutes for HALF PAST.

Can you use METHOD 2 to tell the time?

What time is it?

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Interactive Analog Clock