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#EngTrivia: Telling time (2)

How was your day? Did you use your time wisely? In this particular article, we’ll talk about time… or rather, the different ways to tell the time.

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So, how do you usually tell the time? What time is this clock showing? There is more than one way to tell the time. Let’s look into it in more detail. Ready?

1. ‘a.m.’ & ‘p.m.’

‘a.m.’ and ‘p.m.’ are used in the 12 hours clock system. They are more often used in writing.

  • ‘a.m.’ stands for ante meridiem, before noon. It indicates the time period from midnight to midday.
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  • ‘p.m.’ stands for post meridiem, after noon. It indicates the time period from midday to midnight. Slide4

2. ‘to’ and ‘past’

The most common way to tell the time is to use ‘to’ and ‘past.’ This method is acceptable in verbal and written communication.

  • ‘to’ is used to show the number of minutes towards a particular hour.
    • Example:
      • If it is going to be 8 o’clock in 15 minutes, we say “It’s fifteen to eight.” Slide6
  • ‘past’ is used to show the number of minutes after a particular hour.
    • Example:
      • If the time is 15 minutes after 8 o’clock, we say “It’s fifteen past eight.” Slide7

3. Hour and minute

Another way to tell the time would be by simply saying the hour and minutes. Example:

  • If the clock shows 8:05 p.m. You can simply say, “It’s eight zero five” or “It’s eight oh five.”Slide9

With this method, you don’t need to worry whether it’s morning, afternoon, evening or night. However, do keep in mind to only use this in casual conversation. You are highly discouraged to use this method in writing, especially in formal writing.

4. ’till’ and ‘after’

Especially in American English, some people use ’till’ (until) instead of ‘to,’ and ‘after’ instead of ‘past.’

  • ’till’ is used to show the number of minutes towards a particular hour.
    • Example:
      • If it is going to be 9 o’clock in 25 minutes, we say “It’s twenty-five till nine.”Slide11
  • ‘after’ is used to show the number of minutes after a particular hour.
    • Example:
      • If the time is 15 minutes after 9 o’clock, we say “It’s fifteen after nine.”Slide12

As mentioned above, ’till’ and ‘after’ are only used in American English. And even so, they’re only used in speech; not in writing.

And that’s a wrap, fellas! I hope the explanation was clear enough. However, if you do have any question, feel free to leave a comment in the comment box.

Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

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#EngClass: Time related adverb clause

Adverb clauses are subordinate clauses that show relationships between ideas related to time, cause and effect, contrast and condition.

 

Some common used time related adverb clauses:

  1.  After means after that moment. ‘After’ takes the present for future events and the past or past perfect for past events.
    • Example:
      • After she graduates, she will get a job.
  2. Before means before that moment. ‘Before’ takes after the simple past or the present.
    • Example:
      • l left before he came.
  3. When means at the moment, at that time. ‘When’ takes either the simple past or the present. The dependent clause changes tense in relation to the when clause.
    • Example:
      • When I got there, he had already left.

 

There are others time related adverb clauses like while as, by the time, since, until, etc. Okay, why don’t you try some exercises.

Practice:

1. We will finish after he ……….
comes
correct!
came
2. He was talking on the phone when I ……….
arrive
arrived
correct!
3. I will leave before he ……….
comes
correct!
came
4. When I was in Chicago, I ……….. the museums.
visit
visited
correct!
5. When it began to rain, I ………. under the tree.
stand
stood
correct!
6. I washed the dishes when my daughter ………. asleep.
fall
fell
correct!
7. When I ………. him tomorrow, I will ask him.
see
correct!
saw

 

Composed and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, October 16, 2016

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#IOTW: Idioms related to time (2)

  1. Eleventh hour. Meaning: when something happens at the very last minute.
    • Example:
      • I finished my test at the eleventh hour. It was so close that the lecture is about to leave.
  2. Donkey’s years. Meaning: to define something that happens over a very long period of time.
    • Example:
      • Hey, where have you been? I haven’t seen you for donkey’s years.
  3. Against the clock. Meaning: being rushed and have very little time to do it.
    • Example:
      • I worked day and night against the clock to get this presentation finished on time.
  4. Around the clock. Meaning: it is open 24 hours a day.
    • Example:
      • The coffee shop around the corner is the best. They will serve you around the clock.
  5. Once in a blue moon. Meaning: something happens very rarely.
    • Example:
      • I only go to see movies once in a blue moon.
  6. Beat the clock. Meaning: succeed in something before time is up.
    • Example:
      • Luckily I can beat the clock and arrive a few minutes before the examination started.
  7. Behind the times. Meaning: old fashioned or antiquated, as in manner, beliefs, style, etc.
    • Example:
      • What’s with your dress tonight? It’s kind of behind the times.

 

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Sunday, November 15, 2015

 

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#EngVocab: Little picture story on time

It’s just about to be midnight in Jakarta, while the spring sun still shines in London…

 

spring1

Everyone seem to enjoy their afternoon in the park…

 

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Oh, but is it afternoon? It’s 6.20 pm? I guess this is evening already…

You start to stop to look at the time by spring here, let alone the summer… the night seems far.

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Yet, the time for the cherry blossoms won’t be for LONG they say…

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As spring is still here, there is time to cherish it

Hope you like that little picture story, fellas – see if you can pick up different #EngVocab related to “time.” :)

Photos: admin documentation

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, April 18, 2015.


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#IOTW: Idioms related to time

Ding… Ding… Ding… Good evening, fellas. I’m back. How do you feel about today? Was it a good day? Now, let’s go to our today’s session. Tonight I’m going to share some idioms related to time, fellas. Let’s start it! :D

  1. A whale of time. Meaning: to have an exciting or fun time.
    • Example:
      • “Sally had a whale of a time in Sydney.”
  2. Pressed for time. Meaning: in a hurry.
    • Example:
      • ” I’m sorry I can’t talk to you right now, I’m a bit pressed for time. I’ll call you later.”
  3. In the nick of time. Meaning: just in time; just before it’s too late.
    • Example:
      • “Anna reached the airport in the nick of time.”
  4. Behind the times. Meaning: old-fashioned.
    • Example:
      • “Mrs. Dally, our teacher, is a bit behind the times.
  5. Time on your hands. Meaning: a lot of free time.
    • Example:
      • “Since Carrie’s father retired, he has too much time on his hands.”
  6. A laugh a minute. Meaning: very funny and entertaining.
    • Example:
      • “Phil’s smart screenplay makes this new show a laugh a minute.”
  7. Mile a minute. Meaning: to do something very fast.
    • Example:
      • “I can’t understand what Irina is talking about. She talks a mile a minute.”
  8. Big time. Meaning: very much.
    • Example:
      • ” Sophia owes Jack big time for everything he has done for her.”

That’s a wrap for tonight. Thank you for keeping your eyes on our timeline. Try to use those idioms on your daily conversation. Cheerio! :D

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, October 27, 2013.


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#AUSSlang: Australian slang related to time

  1. Arvo. Meaning: afternoon.
    • Example:
      • Let’s have a meeting in this arvo.
  2. Evo. Meaning: evening.
    • Example:
      • Naomi just got the news on her parents’ accident in this evo
  3. Satdee. Meaning: Saturday.
    • Example:
      • Erin and Navid will have a lunch on Satdee.
  4. Sundee. Meaning: Sunday.
    • Example:
      • On this Sundee, Adrianna will come as a guest in Elen DeGeneres Show. 
  5. Yonks. Meaning: a long period of time.
    • Example:
      • Annie and Dixon haven’t seen their parents in yonks. 
  6. Ron. Meaning: later on.
    • Example:
      • Silver will turn off the phone and light the fireplace ron. 
  7. Smoko. Meaning: a break which include having something to eat and drink, and a cigarette if you are allowed to.
    • Example:
      • In this meeting, smoko will be at 4 PM.
  8. Sickie. Meaning: a day off work by calling in sick when you don’t feel like working and want to do other things.
    • Example:
      • Ivy promises to her boss that she’ll never take another sickie from work.

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, February 03, 2013

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#EngClass: Telling the Time in English

Bahasa inggris tidak memakai sistem 24 jam seperti yang kita gunakan, melainkan:
a.m. (ante meridiem) dan p.m. (post meridiem).
Dalam percakapan, am/pm jarang digunakan kecuali benar-benar perlu untuk menjelaskan pagi/sore.
Prinsipnya adalah sebagai berikut:
1. Pukul 00:00 (dini hari) = 12 am or midnight
2. Pukul 00:01 (dini hari) = 12:01 am (one minute past midnight)
3. Pukul 07.45 = 07:45 am (15 minutes to eight)
4. Pukul 08:00 = 8 am or 8 o’clock
5. Pukul 08.15 = 08:15 am (15 minutes/quarter past eight)
6. Pukul 08.30 = 08:30 am (30 minutes/half past eight)
7. Pukul 12:00 (siang) = 12 pm or noon
8. Pukul 12:01 (siang) = 12:01 pm (one minute past noon)
9. Pukul 14:00 = 2 pm or 2 o’clock
10. Pukul 18:00 = 6 pm or 6 o’clock
11. Pukul 23:59 = 11:59 pm (one minute to midnight)
12. O’clock merupakan singkatan dari “of the clock”, hanya digunakan ketika menunjukkan jam 1 – 12 tepat.
Compiled by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on May 25, 2012.

#EngClass: Preposition of time

Seperti yang pernah dibahas sebelumnya pada #EngClass: Preposition, preposition adalah kata depan yang menghubungkan kata benda, kata ganti atau frase.

Preposition menunjukkan posisi dan terletak sebelum (“pre”) kata keterangan posisi tersebut.

Pada umumnya, ada 3 kelompok proposition, yaitu:

Kali ini kita membahas tentang preposition of time.

Preposition of time terdiri dari:

  1.  Atdigunakan untuk menunjukkan waktu yang spesifik, misalnya jam.
    • Contoh:
      • at 6pm, at midnight, at night, at lunchtime, etc.
  2. On, digunakan untuk menunjukkan waktu yang lebih umum, misalnya tanggal atau hari.
    • Contoh:
      • on Sunday, on Sundays, on Christmas Day, on my birthday, on 30th of November, etc.
  3. In, digunakan untuk menunjukkan waktu (dalam rentang waktu) yang lebih luas seperti bulan, tahun, abad, periode.
    • Contoh:
      • in May, in summer, in 2011, in the past, in the middle of a discussion, etc.
  4. By, digunakan untuk menunjukkan batas waktu terakhir, misalnya deadline.
    • Contoh:
      • by midnight (paling lambat pada saat tengah malam),
      • by Monday (paling lambat pada hari Senin),
      • by the end of the month (paling lambat pada akhir bulan), etc.
  5. Until/till, digunakan untuk menunjukkan titik waktu terakhir secara spesifik.
    • Contoh:
      • Until/till midnight, until/till next month, until 12 am, etc.
  6. Up to, digunakan sama seperti until/till, untuk menunjukkan waktu terakhir secara spesifik.
    • Contoh:
      • up to May, up to the end of the show, etc.
  7. Since, digunakan untuk menunjukkan waktu spesifik saat mulainya sebuah kegiatan/proses.
    • Contoh:
      • Since 2010, since a couple of days ago, etc.
  8. During, digunakan untuk menunjukkan jalannya waktu selama kegiatan/proses berlangsung.
    • Contoh:
      • During class, etc.
  9. For, digunakan untuk menunjukkan lama waktu berjalannya kegiatan/proses.
    • Contoh:
      • for two days, for several years, etc.
  10. Throughout, digunakan untuk menunjukkan proses yang terus berlangsung dari awal mulai sampai akhirnya selesai.
    • Contoh:
      • throughout the year.

 

Practice

Let’s do some exercise. Pilih preposition yang sesuai dengan kalimat-kalimat berikut.

1. What are you doing (at/in/on) the weekend?
at
in
on
correct!
2. Maybe I’ll go to the cinema (at/in/on) Saturday.
at
in
on
correct!
3. I haven’t been to the cinema (for/since) so many years.
since
for
correct!
4. We could go there together (at/in/on) the afternoon.
at
on
in
correct!
5. I would prefer to go there (at/in/on) the evening. I am visiting my mum(at/in/on) Saturday.
at, in
on, at
in, on
correct!
6. The film starts (at/in/on) eight o’clock.
on
in
at
correct!
7. I can pick you up (at/in/on) half past seven.
in
on
at
correct!
8. It lasts (for/to/until) two hours and forty-five minutes.
to
until
for
correct!
9. The class is from eight (for/past/till) a quarter to eleven.
for
past
till
correct!
10. I have to be home (by/since/until) eleven o’clock.
since
until
by
correct!

 

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

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