Telling the time

Learn how to tell the time in English.

In English, the 12-hour clock is normally used for telling the time. The 24-hour clock is only used for travel timetables.

Asking the time

what's the time?
what time is it?
could you tell me the time, please?
do you happen to have the time?
do you know what time it is?

Telling the time

it's …
exactly ...
about ...
almost ...
just gone ...
one o'clock
two o'clock
three o'clock
four o'clock
five o'clock
six o'clock
seven o'clock
eight o'clock
nine o'clock
ten o'clock
eleven o'clock
twelve o'clock
quarter past …
one
two
three
half past …
one
two
three
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