How to say the time in English?


In English we use “past” to say times after the hour until half past, or 30 minutes past the hour.

It’s twenty past nine

We use “to” to say times before the hour from 31 minutes until the full hour.

It’s twelve to ten

In English we use o’clock only at the full hour.

It’s five o’clock

We use “quarter” to say 15 minutes.

It’s quarter (15 minutes) to six

We use “half” to say 30 minutes.

It’s half (30 minutes) past seven

We can also just say the numbers in groups of two.

It’s seven twenty-five

When speaking about the different times of the day we often use: in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening

It’s ten past ten in the morning

Be careful! In English we use at night NOT in the night

It’s eleven past ten at night



17 responses to “How to say the time in English?

  1. Thanks…

    It is really usefull… (I didnt know the hours 😉 )

  2. it is useful. Thanks for posting.

  3. It´s very good my friend, but i think it would be better if you put some draws of watches to show the time and its different ways to say it….greetings!

  4. thanx alot.

  5. manuel francisco sitoe

    gostei muito da explicação, espero que continuem assim .

  6. hallo. my friend
    I am jonh, I study a long time the English but I don t speaks the English because I don t practice,no talk no listen.
    thank you
    my friend

  7. Hi,
    Thank a lot for posting on time.

  8. thanks a lot…

  9. thanks dear…its always confusing
    whenever i get confused
    i search for it
    and every time i get it
    but also every time i forget it.
    ps:its human nature to forget thing 🙂

  10. thank for showing me how to say time

  11. I thank alot for ur aknowledgement

  12. Thank you for shearing us a very helpful things like this.

  13. wow!this good….now it is easy 4 me 2 answer the math question…thanx..:)

  14. Thnx alot!!!

  15. i shall also use this page to teach my students

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