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# What time is it?

In English, we say the minutes before the hours and we use a preposition in the middle.

Ex: It is 10 minutes to 4 O'Clock.

You use the preposition PAST from one minute to thirty minutes.

You use the preposition TO from thirty-one minutes to fifty-nine minutes.

In everyday conversation, the words 'minutes' or ' o'clock' are omitted most of the time.

EX:  What time is it?

a) It's 10 to 5 instead of 10 minutes to 5 o'clock.

b) It's 10 past 5 instead of 10 minutes past 5 o'clock.

It is easier to use the international way to tell the time.  Name the hour, then the minutes; exactly as it appears on a digital watch.

Ex: 2:58 It's two fifty-eight.

5:06 It's five O six

10:05 It's ten O five.

11:15 It's eleven fifteen.

12:45 It's twelve forty-five.

The exact time is told by adding 'o'clock'.

Ex:  What time is it?  It's 5 o'clock.

Half can replace '30 minutes' and it is always used with the preposition 'past'.  Ex: It is half past 5.

A 'quarter' can replace '15 minutes'.  It can be used with 'to' or 'past' depending on its situation.   Ex: It's a quarter to 5 ( 4:45 ).   It's a quarter past 5 (5:15).

12:00 o'clock at night is called MIDNIGHT.     12:00 o'clock during the day is called NOON.

English exercise "What time is it?" created by anonyme with The test builder.

1. 01:15 = It's

2. 07:25 = It's

3. 02:45 = It's

4. 03:00 = It's

5. 10:40 = It's

6. 08:05 = It's

7. 03:55 = It's

8. 11:20 = It's

9. 02:10 = It's

10. 08:50 = It's

11. 09:35 = It's

12. 12:45 = It's

13. 08:40 = It's

14. It was 03:15 when I arrived home.

15. School starts at 08:45 in the morning.

16. My dancing courses are at 03:30 pm.

17. My mom leaves for work at 08:35 am

18. I went to sleep last night at 07:15 pm.

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