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    Default 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.

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    Default Re: telling the time.. after midnight

    How about 'twenty (minutes) past midnight'?

    I'm not a teacher and I could be wrong

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    Default Re: telling the time.. after midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    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.

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    Default 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)

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    Default Re: telling the time.. after midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    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.

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    Default Re: telling the time.. after midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    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

    They all mean the same. Ways of asking about time

    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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    Default Re: telling the time.. after midnight

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

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    Default Re: telling the time.. after midnight

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "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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