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Lesson Seventeen

Telling Time

Important verbs for asking about and telling time:

have, know, be, tell

 
Questions:
Answers:
Do you have the time?
Sure, it's 6:00.
Do you know what time it is? Sorry, I'm not wearing a watch.
What time is it? 5:50
Can you tell me what time it is, please? It's a quarter after two.

 

Important vocabulary

  • o'clock = :00 ( 7:00 = seven o'clock )
  • a quarter after = 15 minutes after the hour ( 3:15 = It's a quarter after three.)
  • a quarter past = 15 minutes after the hour (3:15 = It's a quarter past three.)
  • a quarter before = 15 minutes before the hour( 3:45 = It's a quarter before four )
  • a quarter to = 15 minutes before the hour (3:45 = It's a quarter to four.)
  • half past = 30 minutes after the hour ( 11:30 = It's half past eleven)
  • thirty = 30 minutes after the hour. (11:30 = It's eleven thirty.)

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The easiest way to tell someone the time is to use a digital format. For example, when someone asks you what time it is, you can say, "It's 5:30." Instead of, "It's half past five."

"It's 5:13." = (five thirteen) or

"It's 5:02." (five o two)*

or "It's 5:50." (five fifty)

*Note: 0 is pronounced "O" not "zero."

 

Giving the Date

Question:
Answers:

What's today?

or

What day is it today?

Today's Tuesday, June 6. (June sixth)

What's the date? It's June 6. or It's the 6th of June.

 There's a difference between "day" and "date"

  • day: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc.
  • date: June 6

 When someone asks you the date, it's not necessary to give the year. For example:

  • What's the date? ----> It's June 6.  (Not It's June 6, 2005)

Make sure you use ordinal numbers when you say the date. You can listen to the way I say the date every day on my blog. When someone asks about time in the future or the past, use the year.

  • When were you born? ----> March 25, 1965
    When did you arrive in the U.S.? ----> In 2002.
  • When is the next election? ----> In November of 2010.

Next: Lesson Eighteen