Thread: telling the time.. after midnight

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telling the time.. after midnight

Are there any other ways to read the following time?

00:20 a.m. = twelve twenty at night
twenty past/after (US) twelve at night

How about 'zero zero twenty' (military time)?

Thanks.

2. Re: telling the time.. after midnight

How about 'twenty (minutes) past midnight'?

I'm not a teacher and I could be wrong

3. Re: telling the time.. after midnight

Originally Posted by wace
Are there any other ways to read the following time?

00:20 a.m. = twelve twenty at night
twenty past/after (US) twelve at night

How about 'zero zero twenty' (military time)?

Thanks.
I'm not sure how the various militaries would say it; perhaps 'zero', perhaps 'oh' as in "Oh nine hundred hours" = 0900.
Note that if you use a 24-hour clock, you don't use am. or pm. They are redundant.
Twenty past midnight is acceptable.

4. Re: telling the time.. after midnight

What time is it?
What is the time?
Have you got the time?
Could you tell me the time?
What time do you make it?
What do you make the time?

twenty past midnight!
a third past midnight?? (as in a quarter past ten)
double zero twenty a.m.
twenty of zero? (as in twenty-four of three)

5. Re: telling the time.. after midnight

Originally Posted by marciobarbalho
What time is it? Yes
What is the time? Yes
Have you got the time? I'm a bit busy right now. Could we make it later?
Could you tell me the time, please? Yes
What time do you make it? Yes *poof* It's midnight.
What do you make the time? Strange

twenty past midnight! Yes
a third past midnight?? (as in a quarter past ten) No
double zero twenty a.m. No
twenty of zero? (as in twenty-four of three) No
R.

6. Re: telling the time.. after midnight

Originally Posted by Raymott
What time is it? Yes
What is the time? Yes
Have you got the time? I'm a bit busy right now. Could we make it later?
Could you tell me the time, please? Yes
What time do you make it? Yes *poof* It's midnight.
What do you make the time? Strange

twenty past midnight! Yes
a third past midnight?? (as in a quarter past ten) No
double zero twenty a.m. No
twenty of zero? (as in twenty-four of three) No

Are the green structs wrong?
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7. Re: telling the time.. after midnight

Originally Posted by marciobarbalho
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"A quarter past ten" is fine, in fact it's perfect in BrE.
"Twenty-four of three" is meaningless.

8. Re: telling the time.. after midnight

Originally Posted by bhaisahab
"Twenty-four of three" is meaningless.

I guess Americans say it this way or at least, used to. Maybe an American could confirm this for us. But, indeed, it's strange.

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