Interested in Language
Watching NCIS, I encountered the expression "zero three hundred" instead of "three o'clock in the morning.' Is it a particular way of telling time only used by military people or its related organizations? Does it sound strange if business people or students use it?
I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.
Thank you for your quick response, Haniballl.
I don't think everyone who uses a 24 hour clock talks about time the way the military does. They would say it's "8 o'clock," not "oh-eight hundred hours."
I used to work at an airport and we always used the twenty-four hour clock and worded it in the same way as the military. It meant there couldn't be any confusion about the scheduled arrival/departure time of flights etc.
The Paris flight is due in at sixteen twenty-four.
We didn't have enough staff to meet the the oh eight sixteen Tenerife flight but we have three people waiting at the gate for the oh eight twenty-four Lagos flight.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Thank you for sharing your ideas, guys. Any job that requires the precise time expression may/has to use the twenty-four hour clock to avoid any unnecessary confusion. Come to think of it, it sounds very reasonable.