Telling the Time
I think telling the time in English can be difficult. Elementary school students sometimes have difficulty telling the time. I too had difficulty when I was a child.
I try to think of an analogue clock. If you look at the picture above you can see that:
Past = _ _:01 —> _ _:30
Minutes past the current “O’clock”
12:07 = Seven past twelve
13:08 = Eight past one
14:15 = A quarter past two
To = _ _:31 —> _ _:59
Minutes until the next “O’clock”
14:47 = Thirteen to three
15:58 = Two to four
16:45 = A quarter to five
Some students read this as “ten hundred”. We should treat digital time the same as analogue time and say “ten AM” or “ten o’clock“. People in the military (the air force, army and navy) say “ten hundred”.