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    Exclamation 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?

    Thanks in advance,

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    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)

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

    Thanks,but what about this one?Is it wrong?
    ( forty-two seconds past one seventeen in the afternoon )

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    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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