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Telling Time #1, by Dennis Oliver

 

Telling time is important for practical daily conversation. Here is the first of several Hints on telling time in English. 
     

1.

  Telling Time in English: Hours
     
    There are several common ways of telling the time when it is an hour (and no minutes):
     

What time is it?

It's 3:00. / It's three.
It's 3 o'clock.
It's 3 A.M. / It's 3 P.M.

It's exactly 3 o'clock.

It's exactly 3 A.M. (P.M.)

It's 3 (o'clock / A.M. /
P.M.) on the dot.

It's 3 (o'clock / A.M. /
P.M.) sharp.

It's three in the morning /
in the afternoon.

 

It's 5:00. / It's five.
It's 5 o'clock.
It's 5 A.M. / It's 5 P.M.

It's exactly 5 o'clock.

It's exactly 5 A.M. (P.M.)

It's 5 (o'clock / A.M. /
P.M.) on the dot.

It's 5 (o'clock / A.M. /
P.M.) sharp.

It's five in the morning /
in the afternoon.

     

It's 8:00. / It's eight.
It's 8 o'clock.
It's 8 A.M. / It's 8 P.M.

It's exactly 8 o'clock.

It's exactly 8 A.M. (P.M.)

It's 8 (o'clock / A.M. /
P.M.) on the dot.

It's 8 (o'clock / A.M. /
P.M.) sharp.

It's eight in the morning /
in the evening.

 

It's 11:00. / It's eleven.
It's 11 o'clock.
It's 11 A.M. / It's 11 P.M.

It's exactly 11 o'clock.

It's exactly 11 A.M. (P.M.)

It's 11 (o'clock / A.M. /
P.M.) on the dot.

It's 11 (o'clock / A.M. /
P.M.) sharp.

It's eleven in the
morning / at night.

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Special Notes:
 
A.M. is an abbreviation for the Latin ante meridiem
(before noon). A.M. is used for times between midnight
and noon--or morning.
 
P.M. is an abbreviation for the Latin post meridiem
(after noon). A.M. is used for times between noon
and midnight--or afternoon, evening, and night.
 
Noon is 12:00 during the day. Midnight is 12:00
at night.

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