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The phrase "o'clock" comes from the meaning ‘of the clock’ and is used when you are referencing time on the hour. It works for every hour on the clock, am and pm, but cannot be used when including minutes.
Example: I have a dentist appointment at 2 o'clock.
Time in minutes
When you are referring to the exact time, there are two ways in which you can do this:
1. Say the hour first, followed by the minutes:
> 8:20 - It's eight twenty
> 10:05 - It's ten o-five
> 17:40 – It’s five forty
2. Say the minutes first followed by the hour:
> 4:35 - It's twenty-five to five
> 3:20 - It's twenty past three
> 19:18 - It's eighteen past seven
Quarter past – When people use the term "quarter past" it means that it is a quarter past the hour, e.g. 15 minutes past four.
Half past – When people use the term "half past" it means that it is half past the hour, e.g. 30 minutes past four.
Quarter to – When people use the term "quarter to" it means that it is a quarter to the approaching hour, e.g. 15 minutes until five.
Minor differences: in the USA, Americans refer to the exact time rather than splitting it into halves and quarters. For example, in American English people will say "four thirty," whereas in the UK people will say "it’s half past four."
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