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  1. Introduction to How to Tell Time:
  2. Telling the time using "o'clock" and parts of the day
  3. 3 different ways to say/tell the time
  4. Telling the time for half or quarter hours
  5. Review on the different ways to tell or say the time
  1. Turning Written Time back into Digital Time
    Rewrite the time using numbers.
    1. Seven o'clock in the evening
    2. Ten minutes after four in the afternoon
    3. Nine thirty-seven in the morning
    4. Five minutes to nine at night
  2. Turning Special Written Times back into Digital Time
    Rewrite the special times using numbers.
    1. Quarter to three in the afternoon
    2. Quarter past ten in the morning
    3. Half past midnight
  3. Telling Time Multiple Ways
    Rewrite the time as a sentence in 3 different ways:

    • (1) reading left to right, (2) minutes after the hour, (3) minutes until the next hour
    • Also write whether it is morning, afternoon, evening or night
      1. 6:48 AM
      2. 12:30 PM
      3. 2:45 AM
      4. 7:15PM
    • Telling Time Multiple-Choice
      Select the multiple-choice option that is WRONG.
      1. 9:27 PM can be written as:
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      2. 5:45 AM can be written as:
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      3. 3:30 PM can be written as:
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Topic Notes

In this lesson, we will learn:

  • A review on saying times of the exact hours (o’clock) and parts of the days (in the morning, afternoon, evening or at night)
  • How to say the time by: naming the number of hours and minutes (reading left to right), naming the minutes after the hour, or naming the minutes until the next hour
  • The special ways of saying half and quarter hours: quarter past, quarter to, and half past


  • There are many ways to say the time.
  • The simplest way to tell time is when the clock is on an exact hour (i.e. 12:00, 3:00; minute hand is on 12) you can simply call it as the number o’clock (ex. 12 o’clock, three o’clock)
    • We can also say AM and PM as the part of the day instead:
      • “in the morning” for 6AM to 11:59AM
      • “noon” for 12:00PM
      • “in the afternoon” for 12:01PM to 5:00PM
      • “in the evening” for 5:01PM to 8:00PM
      • “at night” for 8:01PM to 5:59AM
      • “midnight” for 12:00AM

  • Saying the hour is easy—the focus on the minutes. Three ways to tell time are by writing:
  • \qquad \qquad 1. # hours # minutes
    \qquad \qquad 2. # minutes after/past the hour
    \qquad \qquad 3. # minutes until/to the next hour
    • Ex. 1:35 can be said as (1) one thirty-five, (2) thirty-five minutes after one, or (3) twenty-five minutes to two

  • There are special ways to say half or quarter hours
    • When the minutes are :15 we say “quarter after” the hour
    • When the minutes are :30 we say “half past” the hour
    • When the minutes are :45 we say “quarter to” the next hour
    • Ex. (9:15 is quarter past nine), (6:30 is half past 6), (7:45 is quarter to eight)

  • Although there are many ways to tell the time, there is usually one way that is said more commonly than the rest.
    • The most common way to tell times is summarized in the figure below for the positions of the minute hand on the clock.
    • If the minutes are :01 \, \, :30 it’s common to say the minutes after the hour
    • If the minutes are :31 \, \, :59 it’s common to say the minutes to the next hour
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