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In everyday communication, the question of time is a fairly common type of question, even used to start a conversation. Read the following article to learn how to read the time and how to tell the time in English correctly and naturally like a native!

1 Some sample questions about time in English

What’s the time? ( What time is it now? )

Let’s listen to the question What’s the time in reality will be said in the excerpt from Batman – The Dark Knight.

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What time is it? ( What time is it? ) or you can add Do you know what time it is? (Do you know what time it is?)

Let’s hear how the sentence What time is it is said through the following short video:

Do you have the time? Or Have you got the time ? (Do you know what time it is?)

Listen to the dialogue asking the time below:

2 Ways to say even hours in English

At exactly 3 pm can be simply said “It is three pm” If you are just saying the hours, not mentioning the minutes, it is possible to use “ o’clock.”

O’clock is a shorthand for the ancient phrase of the clock, placed immediately after the number of hours.

For example:

Do you know what time it is now? ( Do you know what time it is? ) It is twelve o’clock in the afternoon. (It’s 12pm now.)

3 Ways to say more time in English

Way 1: Read the hour first then the minute: hours + minutes

For example:

6:25 – It’s six twenty-five

8:05 – It’s eight O-five (O pronounced < oʊ > )

9:11 – It’s nine eleven

2:34 – It’s two thirty-four

Way 2: Read last minute then now: minutes + PAST + hours

Apply when the number of minutes has not exceeded 30 minutes.

For example:

11:20 – It’s twenty past eleven

4:18 – It’s eighteen past four

4 Ways to say bad time in English

Use when more minutes exceed 30 minutes. Usually we would say last minute then now: min + TO + hour


The way to determine the number of hours and minutes is the same as how we say bad time in Vietnamese. For example, when the clock shows 16:47, in Vietnamese we can say this is four forty-seven (four fourty-seven pm) or thirteen minutes to five o’clock (thirteen to five pm).

See more examples:

8:51 – It’s nine big nine

2:59 – It’s one big three

5 Special cases when telling the time in English

When it comes to the right amount of time 15 minutes we usually say 🙁 a) quarter past/to

Where (a) quarter stands for a quarter of an hour (a quarter of an hour).

For example:

a quarter past: More than 15 minutes

7:15 – It’s (a) quarter past seven

a big quarter: Less than 15 minutes

12:45 – It’s (a) quarter to one

When it comes to time 30 minutes we use: half past

For example:

3:30 – It’s half past three (we can also say three-thirty)

6 Uses am. and pm. to tell the time in English

When it comes to a particular time, especially when saying the correct time and more time in Method 1, sometimes we need to clarify whether it is morning (am) or evening time (pm). This is an abbreviation of the Latin words “ante meridiem” (before noon) and “post meridiem” (after noon).


For example in this case you would need to clarify if this is morning or evening time:

-I think I overslept, what time is it now? (I think I overslept, what time is it?)

-It’s 6:00. (It’s already 6 o’clock.)

-6:00 am or pm

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? (6 am or evening?)

-6:00 pm ( 6 pm. )

7 Talking about times of the day

Numbers will be used to talk about the exact time, but like in Vietnamese, many people tend to talk about the time of day in general rather than specific hours. Some words commonly used to describe such periods include:

Noon (noon)

Noon means 12:00 pm ( 12 noon )

For example:

What time are we meeting this weekend? ( What time will we meet this weekend? ) Around noon, so we can have lunch together. (Let’s go around noon, we can have lunch together.) Midday (Middle of the day)

Midday has the same meaning as noon , because midday is also the middle of the day, around 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

For example:

It is supposed to be very hot and sunny today at midday. (It will be very sunny and hot in the middle of the day.) Afternoon (afternoon)

This word means “after noon passes”. This can be any time from noon (12:00 pm) until before sunset (usually around 6:00 pm). The length of the afternoon can be longer or shorter depending on the time of sunset, so it will depend on the season.

For example:

I’m busy all afternoon so let’s have dinner together tonight. (I’ve been busy this afternoon, so let’s have dinner tonight.) Midnight (midnight)

Midnight means in the middle of the night. It’s also the beginning of a new day 12:00 am Phrase midnight hours implies the time interval from 12 pm ( 12:00 am) to 3 am (3:00 am)

For example:

People kiss on New Years Eve at midnight. (People kiss on New Year’s Eve at midnight.) Twilight (Twilight)

Not to be confused with the popular Vampire romance movie title. Twilight is the time when sunlight is only faintly glimmering in the sky (right after sunset). The way to remember and visualize this time is when the sky was a beautiful deep blue or purple.


For example:

I love the color of the skies at twilight. (I really like the color of the sky at dusk.) Sunset and Sunrise (At sunset and at dawn)

The time of sunset (sunset) or sunrise (sunrise) also has its own names like sunset and dawn in Vietnamese. Sunset is the moment just before twilight, when the sky turns pink or orange but not completely dark. Sunrise is the time when the sun begins to rise, also pink and orange like at sunset.

For example:

Let’s go to the beach before sunrise. (Let’s go to the beach before dawn.) I’d rather climb to the rooftop by the sunset. (I want to climb to the roof at sunset.) The Crack of Dawn (at dawn)

The time of the crack of dawn is when there is light in the sky but the sun has not yet risen between 4 and 6 am.


The crack of dawn – at dawn.

For example:

If we want to beat the traffic tomorrow we will need to wake up at the crack of dawn.

(If we want to not get stuck in traffic, we have to get up at dawn tomorrow.)

8 Ways to say estimates of time

With times like 7:56 pm sometimes we don’t want to mention a specific time unnecessarily, but we also can’t generally say it’s evening. Try the following approximations of time:

Using Past and Till

It is up to you at that time whether you want to refer to over or under hours. For example, 6:30 could be half past 6 or thirty minutes till 7.

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(Till is short for until – until)

10:30 pm — Half past ten. / Thirty minutes till 11. 11:30 am — Half past eleven. / Thirty minutes big twelfth. Use Couple and Few

When saying a couple minutes will take about 2-3 minutes. A few minutes is longer than a couple (usually around 3-5 minutes), but both are used similarly when referring to a period of time. For example in the following case:

What time is it now? (What time is it?) A couple minutes past five. (It’s five o’clock.)


Using By

By It is also used to indicate the time to a particular point.

I want you to be home by eleven o’ clock (before or at 11 o’clock at the latest). Other estimation methods

We can absolutely use the words “about“, “almost” to talk about hours.

For example:

Do you know what time it is now? (Do you know what time it is?) About ten minutes past midnight. (It’s been about 10 minutes past midnight.) Almost noon. (It’s almost noon.)

Practical exercise

Let’s review all the ways to ask and answer about time through the video below:

Now you know the different ways to answer the question “what time is it?” in a pro way. However, everything needs practice, so don’t forget to practice speaking English and learn more daily English words to speak English fluently naturally.

You can use the Word hunt function to find more videos asking and talking about the time from eJOY’s system to practice speaking together.


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