# 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!

## The clock - Video

Watch the video and repeat.

## 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

## 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.

Download the worksheet below, look at the clocks and write the time!

## 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?