Verbs for Asking About and Telling Time
Important verbs for asking about and telling time:
have, know, be, tell
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|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 for telling time
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
What day is it today?
Today’s Tuesday, June 6.
|What’s the date?||It’s June 6. or It’s the 6th of June.|
There’s a difference between “day” and “date“
When someone asks you the date, it’s not necessary to give the year. For example:
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.