The clock - Vocabulary

Tick-tock, tick-tock... Let's learn how to say the time!

Notes

O'clock, half past, to, midday... In this lesson you'll learn what these words mean and how to use them!

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General rule

There are a lot of ways to say the time in English. Let's learn the general rule.

It's + hour + o' clock:

  • 9:00 - It's nine o' clock.
  • 10:00 - It's ten o' clock.
  • 11:00 - It's eleven o' clock.

It's + hour + minutes:

  • 9:20 = It's nine ten.
  • 10:15 = It's ten fifteen.
  • 11:35 = It's eleven thirty-five.

Watch out! In English we don't use the 24-hour clock, instead we use:

  • A.M. - In the morning
  • P.M. - In the afternoon

 

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Past / To

It's + minutes + past + hour

  • 9:05 - It's five past nine.
  • 9:15 - It's a quarter past nine.
  • 9:30 - It's half past nine.

It's + minutes + to + hour

  • 9:35 - It's twenty-five to ten.
  • 9:45 - It's a quarter to ten.
  • 9:50 - It's ten to ten.

 

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Midday / Midnight

We use Midday when it's 12:00 p.m. (24-hour clock =12:00)

We use Midnight when it's 12:00 a.m. (24-hour clock = 00:00)

The clock - Idioms

  • What time is it?
  • Have you got the time?
  • See you at five!
  • What time do you make it? (Quando vuoi regolare l'orologio.)
  • My watch is fast/late.
  • What time do you go to school?

 

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