Telling the time

Learn how to tell the time in French.

The 24-hour clock is widely used in French, although the 12-hour clock is also common, particularly in less formal situations.

Asking the time

Quelle heure il est?What's the time?
Quelle heure est-il?What time is it?
Pourriez-vous me dire l'heure, s'il vous plaît?Could you tell me the time, please?
Vous auriez l'heure par hasard?Do you happen to have the time?
Vous savez l'heure qu'il est?Do you know what time it is?

Telling the time

Il est …It's …
exactement ...exactly ...
environ ...about ...
presque ...almost ...
tout juste ... passée(s)just gone ...
Une heureOne o'clock
Deux heuresTwo o'clock
Une heure et quartQuarter past one
Deux heures et quartQuarter past two
Une heure et demieHalf past one
Deux heures et demieHalf past two
Deux heures moins le quartQuarter to two
Trois heures moins le quartQuarter to three
Une heure cinqFive past one
Une heure dixTen past one
Une heure vingtTwenty past one
Une heure vingt-cinqTwenty-five past one
Deux heures moins cinqFive to two
Deux heures moins dixTen to two
Deux heures moins vingtTwenty to two
Deux heures moins vingt-cinqTwenty-five to two
Dix heures quinzeTen fifteen
Dix heures trenteTen thirty
Dix heures quarante-cinqTen forty-five
Dix heures (du matin)Ten am
Dix-huit heuresSix pm

It's also possible to state the time in French by saying the hour followed by heure(s), followed by the minutes, eg:



Ma montre …My watch is …
Cette pendule … un peuThat clock's a little …

Sound is available for all the French phrases on this page — simply click on any phrase to hear it.

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