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There are 2 equally acceptable ways
of telling the time:

Past & To

Tell the time in 3 simple steps

The traditional English language method expresses time as ‘minutes past’ and ‘minutes to’ the hour. This method is used in many countries alongside the 12 & 24 hour format for timetables.

Step 1:

Read the number at the end of the long hand

‘…8’

Step 2:

Say which side the long hand is pointing to: ‘minutes to’ red side, ‘minutes past’ green side

‘…minutes to’

Step 3:

Read the number at the end of the short hand

‘…2’

 

Put it all together:
‘…8 minutes to 2’

12 & 24 Hour

Tell the time in 2 simple steps

The 12 or 24 hour time format is used for transport timetables in every country in the world.
In some countries, it’s used exclusively.

Step 1:

Read the number in the section at the end of the short hand

‘…1′
(’13’ after noon)

Step 2:

Read the number at the end of the long hand

‘..52’

 

Put it all together:
‘…1:52′
(’13:52’ after noon)

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