telling the time

  • There are two ways of saying what time it is.
    a quarter past three three fifteen
    twenty-five to four three thirty-five
    three minutes to four three fifty-seven
  • In conversation, we do not usually use the ‘twenty-four hour clock’. We can make a time more precise by saying in the morning, in the afternoon etc, or by saying am ( = ‘before midday’) and pm ( = ‘after midday’).
  • We ask about the time like this:
      What time is it? What’s the time?
      What time does the match start?