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    Default ante meridiem and post meridiem

    What is the correct way to write ante meridiem and post meridiem? I see 3p.m. and 3pm. Are both ways correct? I just want to be sure which way is the correct way to write.

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    Default Re: ante meridiem and post meridiem

    Use the periods (.) with or without caps. I prefer caps.

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    Default Re: ante meridiem and post meridiem

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Use the periods (.) with or without caps. I prefer caps.
    Yes, but with a space after 3.

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    Default Re: ante meridiem and post meridiem

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, but with a space after 3.
    See the official Greenwich Meantime website:

    http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/info/noon.htm

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    Default Re: ante meridiem and post meridiem

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See the official Greenwich Meantime website:

    AM and PM
    I think, Jack Bauer disagrees with the official Greenwich Meantime website.

    Imageshack - 12pml.jpg

    Imageshack - 12amj.jpg

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    Default Re: ante meridiem and post meridiem

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    I think, Jack Bauer disagrees with the official Greenwich Meantime website.
    I don't know if it's an official site or not, but whoever wrote that is quite off the mark.

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    Default Re: ante meridiem and post meridiem

    You might notice that even the greenwichmeantime site gets it wrong some of the time:
    "It is after Noon that P.M. starts e.g. 00:00:01 PM (12:00:01)"
    They are also inconsistent with capitals:
    "Abbreviation a.m."
    "Abbreviation p.m."

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    Default Re: ante meridiem and post meridiem

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You might notice that even the greenwichmeantime site gets it wrong some of the time:
    "It is after Noon that P.M. starts e.g. 00:00:01 PM (12:00:01)"
    They are also inconsistent with capitals:
    "Abbreviation a.m."
    "Abbreviation p.m."
    Actually p.m. starts at exactly 12 noon and a.m. starts at exactly 12 midnight. There is no time that isn't either a.m. or p.m.

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