## Telling the timeAsk the time
Answer the time
- To express '15 minutes past' we say: a quarter past
- To express '15 minutes to' we say: a quarter to
- To express '30 minutes past' we say: half past
- To express 'the exact hour' we say: o'clock
Example: 5:30 - half past five 8:00 - eight o'clock Other cases For times around midnight or midday you can use the expressions midnight or midday / noon instead of the number 12.
More formal expressions to indicate whether a time is before noon or after are: **a.m**. (ante meridiem, before noon)**p.m**. (post meridiem, after noon).
Use these expression only with the formal way of telling the time. Example: 3:15 - three fifteen a.m. It is not usual to use a.m. and p.m. with past/to. Example: 3:15 - fifteen minutes past three OR a quarter past three |
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