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    12 hour/24 hour

    Hi,
    It's a problem as to asking time. In some country time is used in 12 hour and in some 24 hour; example for 24 hour: 1pm=13, 2pm=14...etc. I just want to know how to ask others if what hour they use. If I ask someone as "what hour do you use? 12 or 24?". Is it okay? Or is there more correct and natural way to ask? I know my answer is wrong. Your comment please. I just want to know the way it should be asked.
    I might not have explained my problem clearly but I did my best. I wish you will understand.

    Thanks,

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    Re: 12 hour/24 hour

    In my experience, most English-speaking countries use both systems. The 12 hour system is used for day-to-day informal purposes, and the 24 hour system is used by military, police, aviation and similar organisations for official purposes.
    If I were asking someone which system he or she used, I would say "Do you use the 12 or 24 hour system for telling the time?"
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: 12 hour/24 hour

    Do you use the twelve or twenty-four hour clock?
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