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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Telling Time

P.M., PM, p.m. means afternoon
(post meridiem in Latin)

A.M., AM, a.m. means before noon
(ante meridiem in Latin)

Usage Note
12 A.M. = midnight and 12 P.M. = noon

To be clear it is better to say 12 noon and 12 midnight.

A common error is to combine o'clock and PM or AM.
Use only one or the other:

CORRECT: Two o'clock in the afternoon. OR Two o'clock.
INCORRECT: Two o'clock PM.

Time Ways to Say the Time
04:00:00 AM Four o'clock
02:15:00 AM Two-fifteen
Quarter past two
06:30:00 AM Six-thirty
Half past six
02:45:00 AM Two-forty-five
Quarter to three
07:50:00 AM Seven-fifty
Ten to eight
08:11:00 AM Eight-eleven
Eleven minutes past eight
11:48:00 AM Eleven-forty-eight
Twelve minutes to twelve
12:00:00 PM Twelve o'clock Noon (middle of the day)
Midnight (middle of the night)

For more examples and explanations see:
http://arcytech.org/java/clock/telling_time.html

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