Telling Time In English
There are two common ways of saying what time it is.
- 6:05 – six (oh) five or five past six
- 6:10 – six ten or ten past six
- 6:15 – six fifteen or a quarter past six
- 6:25 – six twenty five or twenty five past six
- 6:30 – six thirty or half past six
- 6:45 – six forty five or a quarter to seven
- 6:50 – six fifty or ten to seven
- 7:00 – seven o’clock
The expression o’clock is used only at the hour.
- Wake me at six (o’clock).
- Wake me at ten past six. (NOT … ten past six o’clock.)
In American English after is often used instead of past. It is also possible to use of, before and till instead of to.
- Ten past six (= 6:10, Great Britain)
- Ten after six (= 6:10, US)
- Ten to nine (= 8:50, GB)
- Ten of nine (= 8:50, US)
Asking what time it is
You can use any of the following expressions.
- What time is it?
- What is the time?
- Have you got the time? (Informal)
- Could you tell me the time?
- What time is it by your watch?