Time

There are different ways to write and talk about the time. You can say the same thing in different ways.

This topic will show you how to tell the time and how to ask and answer questions about the time.

Hours

This table shows different ways to show the hour.

Hours
Time am or pm 24-hour Say
12:00 12am 24:00=0:00 Twelve o'clock = Midnight
1:00 1am 1:00 One o'clock
2:00 2am 2:00 Two o'clock
3:00 3am 3:00 Three o'clock
4:00 4am 4:00 Four o'clock
5:00 5am 5:00 Five o'clock
6:00 6am 6:00 Six o'clock
7:00 7am 7:00 Seven o'clock
8:00 8am 8:00 Eight o'clock
9:00 9am 9:00 Nine o'clock
10:00 10am 10:00 Ten o'clock
11:00 11am 11:00 Eleven o'clock
12:00 12pm 12:00 Twelve o'clock = Midday = noon
1:00 1pm 13:00 One o'clock
2:00 2pm 14:00 Two o'clock
3:00 3pm 15:00 Three o'clock
4:00 4pm 16:00 Four o'clock
5:00 5pm 17:00 Five o'clock
6:00 6pm 18:00 Six o'clock
7:00 7pm 19:00 Seven o'clock
8:00 8pm 20:00 Eight o'clock
9:00 9pm 21:00 Nine o'clock
10:00 10pm 22:00 Ten o'clock
11:00 11pm 23:00 Eleven o'clock

Hours and minutes

This table shows how to talk about the time in hours in minutes.

Hours and Minutes
Time Say or Say
1:00 One o'clock
1:05 Five past one One-oh-five
1:10 Ten past one One-ten
1:15 Quarter past one One-fifteen
1:20 Twenty past one One-twenty
1:25 Twenty-five past one One-twenty-five
1:30 Half past one One-thirty
1:35 Twenty-five-to-two One-thirty-five
1:40 Twenty-to-two One-forty
1:45 Quarter-to-two One-forty-five
1:50 Ten-to-two One-fifty
1:55 Five-to-two One-fifty-five
2:00 Two o'clock

Time Questions

Now that you know how to say the time, you need to know how to ask and answer questions about time.

Ask

What time is it?

What's the time?

Do you have the time?

Answer

It's ...

  • three o'clock (3:00)
  • quarter past two (2:15)
  • eight-twenty (8:20)