How to Tell the Time in English

How to Tell the Time in English

Formal Way

7:00 It is seven o’ clock
7:45It’s seven forty-five
8: 15It’s eight fifteen
12: 35 It is twelve fifteen
3:50It is three Fifty
11: 40It is eleven Forty

Popular Way

Say the minutes first and then the hours.  

Example A

Use past and the preceding hour for minutes 01 through 30.

7:15It’s fifteen minutes past seven
7:30It’s half past seven
8:15It’s quarter past seven
9:20It’s twenty minutes past seven
10: 25It’s twenty five minutes past ten

Example B

Use to and the forthcoming hour for minutes 31 through 59

7:45It’s fifteen minutes to eight
8: 45It’s a quarter to nine
2:40It’s twenty to three
4: 45It’s a quarter to five
6:50It’s ten to seven

How to Tell the Time Worksheets

  1. How to Tell the Time Worksheet (Longman – Worksheet)
  2. Telling the Time Using Clocks  (
  3. Telling the Time (
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