What time is it? (Unit 11)

What time is it?

It is nine o’clock.
It is nine.

It is twenty past four.
It is four twenty.

It is a quarter to seven.
It is six forty-five.

It is a quarter past eleven.
It is eleven fifteen.

It is half past three.
It is three thirty.

[color=green]9:00 a.m.
It is nine o’clock [color=green]in the morning.
‘a.m.’ stands for ‘ante meridiem’ which means: before midday

9:00 p.m.
It is nine o’clock [color=blue]in the evening.
‘p.m.’ stands for ‘post meridiem’ which means: after midday

Be careful:
12:00 a.m. : It is midnight.
12:00 p.m. : It is noon.

What time is it?
a) 9:40 a.m. , b) 6:12 p.m. , c) 2:30 p.m. , d) 5:00 a.m. , e) 10.15 a.m. , f) 7:47 p.m.

Any questions? Just ask me - now that you know how to ask them :smiley:

In Unit 12 we are going to learn the weekdays and the months of the year.

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over here in canada we just say the numbers, so like 9:40 is nine fourty. none of this half past 3 or whatever haha, just say three thirty.

Both are correct and you can decide which you like best.

dear sunny ,
It is nine fourty morning.
It is six twelve noon.
It is two thirty noon.
It is five o’clook morning.
It is ten fifteen morning.
It is seven fourty seven evening.
thank you so much

sir,why u call 12am as midnight&12pm as noon?
yours sicerly

Hi swathi,

I hope this helps:

midnight=middle of the night

Hello sir,
(a)forty past nine
2 twelve past six
3 half past two
4 five o’clock in the morning
5 quarter past ten
6 forty seven past seven
am i correct sir? please correct me if i’m wrong.


The first 29 minutes go with ‘past’, then it’s ‘half past’. After that, it’s ‘29 minutes to’, ‘21 minutes to’, ‘12 minutes to’, ‘2 minutes to’ etc

thanks sir,(a) twenty minutes to ten
(f) thirteen minutes to eight----- now is it correct sir?

Hi pqhai,

Yes, now it’s correct. But you don’t need to call me ‘sir’, I’m Ralf. Pleased to meet you :slight_smile:

hi, Rafi, so happy to hear you.

now i have learned to say time exactly.

when the time is between 1 minutes to 29 i have to use past. like 24 minutes pasted eleven. when the time is 11.30 . i have to say half past eleven. when the time has crossed half past 11. 30. i have to say.

28 minutes to 12 am.

23 minutes to 12. am.

did i get you exactly?

now i got my spelling mistakes. i wrote 24 minutes pasted elven but it should be 24 minutes past elven.
sorry for the carelessness.

Hi Xavi,

You got it perfectly right!

Good luck,


hello sir, here are the answers :
twenty to ten
twelve past six
half past two
five o’clock
quarter past ten
thirteen to eight

Hi sunny i really appreciate ! but i’m a little bit confused about

12:00 am
12:00 pm

So how can i answer when people ask me ,please can u explain to me! thanks :roll:

For 8:40am, is it acceptable if saying/writing “eight forty” or “twenty to nine”?
In speaking, I prefer to use “eight forty”. How about in writing?

Correct me if I’m wrong.

It should be “forty”, right?

my 2-cent!

Hello Teachers,
please could you kindly find the below answer of the exercise.
a) 9:40 a.m
It is twenty to ten in the morning.
It is nine forty in the morning.
b) 6:12 p.m
It is six past twelve in the evening.
It is six twelve in the enening.
c) 2:30 p.m
It is two past thirty in the evening.
It is two thirty in the evening.
It is half past two in the evening.
d) 5:00 a.m
It is five o’clock in the morning.
It is five in the morning.
e) 10:15 a.m
It is ten past fifteen in the morning.
It is quater past ten in the morning.
f) 7:47 p.m
It is seven past forty five in the evening.
It is quarter to eight in the evening.

Very good.


It is thirty past two in the night.

It is two thirty in the morning.

It is half past two in the morning.

It is fifteen past ten in the morning.


Almost correct :-).[YSaerTTEW443543]

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nine forty in the morning and six twelve in the evening