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Telling Time #2, by Dennis Oliver

  Because telling time is very important in everyday
conversation, this Hint continues with information
on this very practical and useful topic.
       
 

2.

  Telling Time in English: Minutes 1-9
       
      There are several common ways of telling
the time when it is an hour and minutes,
and when the minutes are 1-9:

It's (hour):01 / :02 / :03 / :04 / :05 / :06 /
:07 / :08 / :09

It's one / two / three / (etc.) after (hour).
It's one / two / three / (etc.) past (hour).

 

It's (hour):51 / :52 / :53 / etc.

It's one / two / three / (etc.) before (hour).
It's one / two / three / (etc.) until (hour).
It's one / two / three / (etc.) 'til (hour).
It's one / two / three / (etc.) to (hour).

 

Special Notes:

1.

  The minutes after an hour from 1 to 9
(:01, :02, etc.) are usually read oh one,
oh two, oh three, etc.

2.

  For minutes before an hour, some people
say of instead of before, until, 'til, or to.

 3.

  You can, of course, say exactly or on
the dot with minutes from 1 to 9 (either
before or after an hour) and you can
also say A.M. or P.M.

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