How to Tell Time in English
There are a number of ways to tell time in English. For example, 8:15 can be expressed as:
- eight fifteen
- a quarter past eight
- fifteen past eight
Learn how to tell time in English by first reading a paragraph with a number of examples. Next, study the rules. Finally, take the follow-up quiz to test your knowledge.
I usually get up at a quarter past seven - that's seven fifteen in the morning. I have breakfast at eight o'clock and then take the bus to work at half past eight. I usually arrive at work at a quarter to nine. Sometimes, the bus is late and I arrive at about nine. My morning is usually pretty busy and I like taking a coffee break at twenty to eleven if possible. I then work to lunchtime at noon. In the afternoon, I usually have another break at three fifteen. I usually finish work at a quarter to five and arrive home around six in the evening. At night, I usually go to bed at eleven o'clock.
Look at the rules for telling time in English.
|Use "past" to say times after the hour until half past, or 30 minutes past the hour.||Use "to" to say times before the hour from 31 minutes until the full hour.|
|Use "o'clock" only at the full hour. Example: It's eight o'clock||To avoid using "past" and "to", say the time by hour and then minutes. Example: It's seven twenty-five.|
|When speaking about the different times of the day use in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening||Be careful! Use at night NOT in the night|
The next thing you can do is listening to this time telling listening exercise. Notice how many different forms they use to ask for the time.