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    #1

    Writing the Time

    Hi,
    I've seen examples of writing the time with a hyphen between hour and minute recently. But I personally don't use hyphens in that way and I think the second choice is correct. Am I right?

    8:10

    1. It's eight-ten.

    2. It's eight ten.

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    Re: Writing the Time

    I wouldn't use the hyphen. Mind you, I would probably write either "It's 8.10" or "It's ten past eight".

    Note that in BrE we use a full stop between the numbers. AmE uses a colon.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Writing the Time

    I didn't know about the full stop.

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    #4

    Re: Writing the Time

    That looks like 8 plus a decimal.

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    #5

    Re: Writing the Time

    I guess that's because that's not how you're used to seeing it. However, I can assure you that that is how we write the time in BrE.

    It's 8.10.
    It was 9.45.
    My bus leaves at 12.22.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Writing the Time

    I believe you.

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    #7

    Re: Writing the Time

    Would 10:10 am on October 10 be 10.10 on 10/10? (Do you use the slash with your month / date?)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: Writing the Time

    Some people use the slash and some use a full stop so it's entirely possible you would see "10.10 on 10.10".

    I use the slash so yes, I would write "It's 10.10 on 10/10/10" (at ten past ten on October 10th, 2010). I seem to recall some FB posts at exactly ten past ten and ten seconds on that date, calling it "Binary Moment": 10.10.10 on 10.10.10.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Writing the Time

    It's not the most unusual usage I have run across in BrE.

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    #10

    Re: Writing the Time

    They are perfectly usual to speakers of British English, MikeNewYotk.

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