Time

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Quelle heure est – il? What time is it?
Il est quelle heure? – What time is it?

1. to answer, the “formula” is “il est # heures #of minutes

to say it is 3:08, one says il est trois heures huit
it is 4:25 = il est quatre heures vingt cinq
it is 9:10 = il est neuf heures dix
it is 1:20 = il est une heure vingt

2. special vocab
15 past the hour = et quart
il est 3 heures et quart = it is 3:15
il est 5 heures et quart = it is 5:15

30 past the hour = et demie
il est 4 heures et demie = it is 4:30
il est 7 heures et demie = it is 7:30

45 after or 15 til the next hour = next hour moins le quart
it is 5:45 = it is quarter to 6 = il est 6 heures moins le quart
it is 2:45 = it is quarter to 3 = il est 3 heures moins le quart
it is 8:45 = it is quarter to 9 = il est 9 heures moins le quart

3. past 30 minutes in an hour, one can say “minutes til the next hour” –
Ex. 5:50 = it’s ten ’til 6 = il est 6 heures moins 10
2:40 = it’s twenty ’til 3 = il est 3 heures moins 20
8:55 = it’s five ’til 9 = il est 9 heures moins 5

4. time of day vocab
in the morning = du matin
in the afternoon = de l’après-midi
at night = du soir
it’s 7a.m. = il est 7 heures du matin
it’s 4:30 p.m. = il est 4 heures et demie de l’après-midi
il est 4 heures 30 de l’après-midi
it’s 9:15 p.m. = il est 9 heures et quart du soir
il est 9 heures 15 du soir

5. more time vocab
yesterday – hier
today – au jourd’hui
tomorrow – demain
last night – hier soir
tonight – ce soir
this morning – ce matin
this afternoon – cet après-midi
late (in the day) – tard
late (to something) – en retard
early (in the day) – de bonne heure
early (to something) – en avance
on time – à l’heure

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