- Telling the time. Learn how to do it correctly.
3.00 – it’s three o’clock sharp
3.05 – it’s five minutes past three
3.10 – it’s ten minutes past three
3.15 – it’s a quarter past three
3.20 – it’s twenty minutes past three
3.25 – it’s …..
3.30 – it’s half past three
3.35 – it’s twenty-five minutes to four
3.40 – it’s twenty minutes to four
3.45 – it’s a quarter to four
3.50 – it’s ten minutes to four
3.55 – it’s five minutes to four
4.00 – it’s four o’clock sharp
- We can say quarter past / to six or a quarter past / to six. We don’t say fifteen past six. For other times, we say minutes: nineteen minutes past six not nineteen past six.
- We can also say the time like this: six fifteen, two thirty, ten forty, six nineteen, etc. but for 6.05 we say: six oh five not six five.
- In American English: 10.05 – five after ten.
2. Tell what’s the time:
A) in words
9.30, 7.10, 5.00, 10.20, 4.05, 5.45, 11.15, 2.34, 3.52, 8.02 a.m. / p.m.
B) write the time in figures
a quarter past three, half past five, a quarter to six, twenty-five to nine, twenty to eleven, ten to four, five to nine, twenty-three minutes to six, twenty-five to two.
Put these words in order.
a minute a year a day a week
an hour a second a month
Read the following dates.
9.05.1945 24.08.1991 28.06.2010
22.01.2001 4.07.1776 31.12.1805
5. Complete the text with at, on, in.
There’s one bus from London which gets here … ten o’clock … the morning and then another which gets in … four o’clock … the afternoon. That’s … weekdays, but … the weekend the timetable is a bit different. … Sunday there are still two buses but the second one arrives … five thirty; … Sunday there is just the one bus … two o’clock. And … the winter, the service doesn’t run at all … Sundays.
6. Fill in the gaps with age, era, spell, time.
- The Minister said that before the new law came into force there would be a ….. of six months when people could hand in firearms without being prosecuted.
- The twenty first century will be seen by historians as the …. of electric cars.
- These factories mark the beginning of a new …. of industrial development of the country.
- For a ….. I thought I would never find a job, but then I was lucky.
- We had a very cold …… in February when all the pipes froze up.
1. Replace the underlined time expressions with the more ‘approximate’ time expressions.
1. I went to the library three days ago.
2. This dictionary isn’t great but it’ll be OK until I’m more advanced.
3. I haven’t been to the cinema for the last three months.
4. And I haven’t been to a concert for three or four years.
5. I went to Egypt with my parents but that was ten years ago.
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