# Lesson Seventeen

## Telling Time

have, know, be, tell

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 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.

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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.)

 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 2012.
• When is the next election? —-> In November of 2020.