# Thread: What is the most common way of saying time when it has hour,minute and second?

1. ## What is the most common way of saying time when it has hour,minute and second?

Hello everyone,
Would you please tell me how to say this?
( 1:17:42 p.m )
Is it right to say it this way?
( forty-two seconds past one seventeen in the afternoon )
What is the most common way of saying time when it has hour,minute and second?

2. ## Re: What is the most common way of saying time when it has hour,minute and second?

1:17 p.m. (one, seventeen, in the afternoon)
1:17 a.m. (one, seventeen, in the morning)

1:17:42 (one, seventeen, and forty-two seconds)

3. ## Re: What is the most common way of saying time when it has hour,minute and second?

( forty-two seconds past one seventeen in the afternoon )

4. ## Re: What is the most common way of saying time when it has hour,minute and second?

I wouldn't use it- I perfer the order that matches the sequence- hour-minute- seconds and, like Cas, I'd use 'and' before the seconds. It's not wrong to say it that way, but which is easier to understand?

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