Expressing Time in English.

In this lesson you will learn, how to express time in different ways. n 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 ………..
  • 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

It’s quater past………..

  • one
  • two
  • three

It’s half past………..

  • one
  • two
  • three

It’s quarter to……..

  • one
  • two
  • three


  • five past one
  • ten past one
  • twenty past one
  • twenty-five past one
  • five to two
  • ten to two
  • twenty to two
  • twenty-five to two
  • ten fifteen
  • ten thirty
  • ten forty-five
  • ten am
  • six pm

It’s also possible to state the time in English by saying the hour followed by the minutes, followed by am or pm if necessary,


  • 11.47am
  • 2.13pm



  • what we will say : 8:36 pm in english.

    somewhere i heard that 1-30 minutes : use past
    after 30 minutes :use to .

    please confirm.

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