Telling the time in english

Telling the time in english

the time in english – exercises

If we want to get by in an English-speaking country, something that we must handle very well is the fact of knowing the time in English in a very good way. Since we can find ourselves in the situation of knowing the time and not having a watch or cell phone to know it we will have to ask someone in the street, so we must do it in the right way so that they can help us.

Then we have that if the time is between 1 and 29 minutes, that is to say, when it is the first half hour of each hour, the form to be used to give the time will be the following: (it’s + «minutes» + past + «hour»).

In the case when the time is between 31 and 59 minutes, that is, when it is the second half hour of each hour, the correct way to give the time is the following: (It’s + minutes+ to+ hour), having a possible literal translation «x minutes to x hours to go».

For example: Manera larga: half past four Manera Corta: four thirty (two ways of saying that it is half past four, however, the first is a more formal and accepted way and the other is much more informal but also used).

hours in written english and pronunciation

As we know, there are 60 minutes in an hour. With minutes 1 to 29, we say that it is past (or after) the hour. For example, «It is ten past three», or 3:10. Or another example, «It is twenty after eight», or 8:20. With minutes 31 – 59, we say at (the next hour). For example, when it is 10:40, we say «It is twenty to eleven «(Eleven minus twenty minutes). Or when it is 3:50, we say «It is ten to four» (four minus ten minutes). Remember, it is always correct to say «It is 3:50». But many times, you will hear people say «It’s ten to four». English learners should be aware of that. And they should feel comfortable using «past, after and to» to express time.

As we said, there are 60 minutes in an hour. We divide our time into quarters and halves. It’s confusing at first, but it makes it easier to express time. At minute 15, we say it is «Quarter past». Or we say, it’s «Quarter past». Both «Quarter past «AND «quarter after «are equally correct. So, when it’s 7:15, we say it’s «Fourth past seven». Or when it is 1:15, we say it is «quarter past one». At minute 45, we say it’s «minus one quarter» the next hour. For example, at 5:45, we say it is «minus quarter past six» (or 15 minutes before 6:00). At minute 30, we say it is «and a half». Then at 9:30, we would say it is «and a half nine «(or half an hour after 9:00). Again, remember that it’s okay to say «It’s 7:15». Or «It’s 5:45.» But you’ll definitely hear people say «It’s a quarter after Seven.» Or «It’s a quarter to six.» So I encourage you to feel comfortable and confident expressing time in quarters and halves.

clock in english

In 1836, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, the work model required everyone to be perfectly synchronized. Unfortunately, workers’ watches were not very reliable. So, John Belville synchronized his pocket watch with the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and walked the streets of London, selling accurate time.

This peculiar business, a legend in English history, lasted until 1940, when his daughter Ruth retired. But, when you see how to ask for the time in English, you will better understand the meaning of some of its forms.

As the answer part I will develop in the next section, here I will simply explain the proper way to ask for the time in English. In general, the question is formulated as follows:

On the other hand, you can also ask for the time in English with some of these other expressions: What’s the time?, You got time?, Have you got the time on you?, Can I get the time? and What time have we got? (when you ask for the time within a group you belong to).

one hour in english

As an introduction to this topic, it is important for your child to learn that a day is divided into twenty-four hours, and that each of these hours is divided into sixty minutes. This is a general rule, and is the same everywhere in the world.

These English expressions are used to talk about a quarter of an hour, that is, fifteen minutes. So, quarter past refers to «a quarter past…» and quarter to refers to «a quarter to…». Here are some examples of their use.

To is used to say how many minutes until a specific time, for example, if it is 09:48, then this would be read as «twelve minutes to ten». Till and Until are used to talk about the time remaining until an event happens, both have the same meaning, but the former is considered informal. So a person might say «two hours till bedtime», which means «two hours until it’s time to go to bed». Past is used to talk about the minutes that have passed after an hour when it is less than thirty minutes.

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