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Telling Time

Time is important. In the United States it is customary to be punctual or arrive on time to places. It is not common to arrive late or after a designated meeting time. It is considered rude to arrive late.

When reading a clock, it is customary to state the exact time. Some people round up but telling the exact time is more common.

For example:

  • 2:00= It’s two o’clock.
  • 10:15= It’s ten fifteen.
  • 4:30= It’s four thirty. (In British English uses ‘half past’ instead of ‘30’.
  • 6:45= It’s six forty-five. or it’s a quarter to seven.
  • 11:25= It’s eleven twenty-five.

If it’s almost a time you can say….

  1. It’s almost ___.
  2. 1:57 = It’s almost two.

Questions You Can Ask about Time

  1. What time is it?
  2. What time do you work?
  3. What time do you go to school?
  4. What time do you get out of school?
  5. What time does the movie start?
  6. What time does the class end?
  7. When does the aerobics class meet?
  8. How long is the English class?

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