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Unit 4 - Lesson 16 - Telling the Time in English # 1

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Telling the Time

We measure the time in seconds, minutes and hours.

There are 24 hours in a day.

There are 60 minutes in an hour.

There are 60 seconds in a minute.

To tell the time you usually use a clock or a watch.

A clock: A watch:

There are analogue clocks and watches and there are digital clocks and watches.



Analogue clocks and watches often have numbers on the "face" to show the hours and lines to show the minutes. An analogue clock also has "hands", a short hand to show the hour, a longer hand to show the minutes, and sometimes a long thin hand to show the seconds.

Digital clocks and watches show the exact hours and minutes in numbers. They use 24 hours and sixty minutes to show the time.

To the Hour


We say o'clock on the hour:

Twelve o'clock Six o'clock
One o'clock Seven o'clock
Two o'clock Eight o'clock
Three o'clock Nine o'clock
Four o'clock Ten o'clock
Five o'clock Eleven o'clock

The times of the day:-

When talking about the time, to show whether it's morning or later we use am and pm.

00:01 - 11.59
12:01 - 18:00
18:01 - 22:00
22:01 - 23.59
1 to 11.59 am 12.01 to 6 pm 6.01 to 10 pm 10.01 to 11.59 pm
12 o'clock is noon (daytime) or midnight (night).


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Test your time - match the pictures with the time - Match It!

Practise Your English

Read this song - Great for practising "the clock"

For Homework - Print out the worksheet and fill it in. Check your answers here (.rtf files)

Now tell us what time you get up in the morning, and what time you go to bed.   You can write your answer to the nearest hour, but don't use the 24-hour-clock, unless going to bed is a military exercise:-

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Week 16

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