Time in English

Ways to tell the time in English vary somewhat from country to country, and within countries as well.

In the UK and Ireland 8:30 can be half past eight or half eight. The half eight form is not used in other English-speaking countries.

In some parts of the USA people say quarter after eight to mean 8:15, while elsewhere they say quarter past eight. Similarly half after eight = 8:30 in some parts of the USA, while they say half past eight or eight thirty elsewhere.

There various ways to say 8:45 - quarter of nine is used in some areas of the USA, and quarter til nine, quarter to nine, or eight forty-five in others.

The hundred hours system is only used in military contexts.

The times on the left are shown first in the 24-hour clock. In the UK and Ireland this is used mainly in timetables, e.g. for trains and buses. The 24-hour time system is not used in the USA and Canada, except in specialist areas, such as the military, aviation, navigation, computing, astronomy, and logistics.

Time English
00:00
12am
Midnight
Twelve am
Zero hundred hours
00:15
12:15am
Quarter past midnight
Quarter past twelve (in the morning)
Quarter after twelve (in the morning)
Twelve fifteen
Zero zero fifteen hours
00:30
12:30am
Half past midnight
Half midnight
Twelve thirty
Zero zero thirty hours
00:45
12:45am
Quarter to one (in the morning)
Quarter til one
Quarter before one
Quarter of one
Twelve forty-five
Zero zero forty-five hours
01:00
1am
One o'clock (in the morning)
One am
Zero one hundred hours
01:15
1:15am
Quarter past one (in the morning)
Quarter after one (in the morning)
One fifteen (in the morning)
One fifteen (am)
Zero one fifteen hours
01:30
1:30am
Half past one (in the morning)
Half one (in the morning)
One thirty (am / in the morning)
Zero one thirty hours
01:45
1:45am
Quarter to two (in the morning)
Quarter til two (in the morning)
Quarter of two (in the morning)
One forty-five (am / in the morning)
Zero one forty-five hours
02:00
2am
Two o'clock (in the morning)
Two am
Zero two hundred hours
08:00
8am
Eight o'clock (in the morning)
Eight am
Zero eight hundred hours
12:00
12pm
Twelve o'clock
Twelve pm
Midday
Twelve hundred hours
13:00
1pm
One pm
One o'clock ( in the afternoon)
Thirteen hundred hours
13:15
1:15pm
Quarter past one (in the afternoon)
Quarter after one (in the afternoon)
One fifteen (in the afternoon)
One fifteen pm
Thirteen fifteen hours
13:30
1:30pm
Half past one (in the afternoon)
Half one (in the afternoon)
One thirty (in the afternoon)
One thirty pm
Thirteen thirty hours
13:45
1:45pm
Quarter to two (in the afternoon)
One forty-five pm
Quarter til two
Quarter of two
Thirteen forty-five hours
14:00
2pm
Two o'clock (in the afternoon)
Two pm
Fourteen hundred hours
18:00
6pm
Six o'clock (in the evening)
Six pm
Eighteen hundred hours
20:00
8pm
Eight o'clock (in the evening / at night)
Eight pm
Twenty hundred hours
23:00
11pm
Eleven o'clock (in the evening / at night)
Eleven pm
Twenty-three hundred hours
23:45
11:45pm
Quarter to midnight
Quarter til midnight
Quarter of midnight
Eleven forty-five
Eleven forty-five pm
Eleven forty-five at night
Twenty-three forty-five hours

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