18 Everyday Conversational Expressions Telling Time p.2


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* 18 Telling Time (p.2 of 2)


18.8 When the time is forty minutes past the hour


It's one forty. Listen <The teacher said, Children, its one forty. You have twenty minutes to complete your test.>

It's twenty to two. Listen <Its twenty to two. The class is almost over.>

It's twenty minutes till two. Listen <Its twenty minutes till two. My doctors appointment is at three. I have plenty of time to get to the doctors office.>

It's twenty till two. Listen <Waiting in this long line is tedious. Its twenty till two. Ive already lost a good deal of time here.>

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18.9 When the time is forty-five minutes past the hour


It's four forty-five. Listen <The department manager told the employees, Today is Friday. Its four forty-five. You can leave early.>

It's a quarter to five. Listen <Its a quarter to five. You have fifteen minutes until the five oclock news begins.>

It's a quarter till five. Listen <The restaurant opens at five oclock. Its a quartet till five. We have to wait fifteen minutes.>

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18.10 When the time is fifty minutes past the hour


Its two fifty. Listen <Its two fifty. My brothers airplane has just landed.>

Its ten to three. Listen <Its ten to three. In a few minutes, lets start looking for my brother. His airplane has just arrived.>

Its ten minutes to three. Listen <Hello. My name is Mark. I have a doctors appointment at three oclock. Its ten minutes to three. Sit down, please. The doctor is with another patient now. He will see you shortly.

Its ten till three. Listen <Its ten till three. Im glad Im not late for my three oclock doctors appointment today. The traffic on the freeway is terrible.>

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18.11 When it is 2:23 PM


Its two twenty-three p.m. Listen <Im thrilled to see a real rocket launch here in Cape Canaveral. The lift-off is scheduled for two forty-five p.m. Its two twenty-three p.m. Get ready to watch the show.>

It's two twenty-three in the afternoon. Listen <Its two twenty-three in the afternoon. The foreign dignitaries will arrive in seventeen minutes.>

Its twenty-three minutes past two in the afternoon. Listen <Sir, what is the local time in Los Angeles now? I have to adjust my watch. Its twenty-three minutes past two in the afternoon.>

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18.12 When you tell approximate time


It's almost four. Listen <Its almost four. Lets walk faster. I dont want to be late for my afternoon class.>

It's just after four. Listen <Its just after four. My sister has finished her work today. She will be home soon.>

It's approximately four oclock. Listen <What time is it? I dont have a timepiece on me. Its approximately four oclock.>

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18.13 When a clock is inaccurate


Is this clock right? Listen <Is this clock right? It appears like it shows time inaccurately.>

This clock is not accurate. Listen <This clock is not accurate. It must be too slow.>

This clock is fast. Listen <This clock is fast. Its very inaccurate with an error of perhaps a quarter hour a day. I dont throw it away because it looks antique.>

This clock is slow. Listen <This clock is slow. Something is wrong with its mechanism.>

My watch is running fast. Listen <My watch is running fast. Its mechanical, and I set it manually by entering the correct time every now and then.>

My watch has been running slow. Listen < I cant tell you the accurate time. My watch has been running slow.>

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