Telling the Time
There are two common ways of telling the time in English:
■ Digital Time
■ Classical Time
For 2:40 you can use one of these two ways.
■ Digital: the easier way – “Two forty”
■ Classical: you say the minutes first then the hour – “twenty to three“
☼ Asking about the time:
► What time is it?
► What time do you make it?
► What’s the time?
► Have you got the right time?
2.00 It’s two o’clock It’s two
2.06 six minutes past two two oh six
2.09 nine minutes past two two oh nine
2.12 twelve past two two twelve
2.15 a quarter past two two fifteen
2.20 twenty past two two twenty
2.25 twenty-five past two two twenty-five
2.30 half past two two thirty
2.35 twenty-five to three two thirty-five
2.40 twenty to three two forty
2.45 a quarter to three two forty-five
2.50 ten to three two fifty
2.55 five to three two fifty-five
2.57 three minutes to three two fifty-seven
2.58 nearly three o’clock two fifty-eight
3.00 three o’clock three
Question: What’s the time, please?
Answer: It’s two o’clock. / It’s two