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    #1

    telling the time

    Hello!

    I know it's a bit formal but okay to use the abbreviations 'a.m' and 'p.m.' when telling the time.

    it's five a.m.
    it's ten thirty p.m.

    But is it natural to use 'a.m.' and 'p.m.' in the sentences with 'past' and 'to'?

    It's a quarter to five a.m. (instead of 'in the morning')
    It's half past nine p.m. (instead of 'in the evening')

    Also, I've written all the sentences using the "It's..." structure. I hope that's not a mistake?

    I'd appreciate it if anyone could help me.

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    #2

    Re: telling the time

    It sounds fine to me.

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    #3

    Re: telling the time

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It sounds fine to me.
    ...and to me.

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    #4

    Re: telling the time

    Thank you )
    Does that 'fine' of yours cover the "it's...' structure too?

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    #5

    Re: telling the time

    Yes.

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    #6

    Re: telling the time

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
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    It's a quarter to five a.m. (instead of 'in the morning')
    It's half past nine p.m. (instead of 'in the evening')
    .
    While I have never heard a.m or p,m. used this way, we do say it's 4:45 a.m. or it's 9:30 p.m. If we're making a statement about the current time, it shouldn't be necessary to say that it's a.m. or p,m.

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