# Telling Time: Telling Time #1

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.