What time is it?

There are two common ways of telling the time.

telling time

Formal way:

Read the hour first and then the minutes.

Example: 7:50 – seven fifty

For minutes from 01 to 09, we read the ‘0’ as oh.

Example: 11:06 – eleven (oh) six

Less formal way:

Read the minutes first and then the hours. Use past for the first thirty minutes.

Use to for the forthcoming second twenty-nine minutes.

Example: 7.05 – five minutes past seven

Example: 3.50 – ten minutes to four

Remember

Another possibility of saying ’15 minutes past’ is: a quarter past

Another possibility of saying ’15 minutes to’ is: a quarter to

Another possibility of saying ’30 minutes past’ is: half past

Example: 5:30 – half past five